Among the folds of the motivation of the sanction of 3 positions on the starting grid of the Sochi GP a Max Verstappen (with the addition of 2 points on the license), it can be read that the Dutch was given the “Predominant responsibility” for having attempted a maneuver “too late“To pretend to”have the right to have space“. But it is one thing to read the legal language and another to directly hear the opinion of one of the four Commissioners who made the decision to attribute the penalty to the Red Bull driver. Vitantonio Liuzzi (one of the four stewards present in Monza, the others were Tim Mayer, Garry Connelly and Paolo Longoni) wanted to clarify the decision-making process that led the men of the Federation to the final decision on the contact that many discussions led between fans and professionals .
The former Italian driver explained the reasons that led the Commissioners to assign three and not five penalty positions on the grid to Verstappen: “As a pilot, I explain the dynamics to the other stewards, then together we evaluate the responsibilities. In Hungary (the accidents of Bottas and Stroll, ed) the mistake had been huge. In this case no. As it was written in the judgment, it was one very optimistic maneuver by Max, with a forced overtaking“. In the statements collected by The Gazzetta dello Sport, Liuzzi does not believe that the match between Hamilton and Verstappen is getting out of hand: “No, at the moment we are still in the context of the race incident. In a challenge to the limit it can happen to make a mistake. The reality is that we are witnessing a good duel between two great champions for the title, something that hasn’t happened for some time“.
In the eyes of the most attentive observers, it has not escaped that on the occasion of the Monza accident the controversy between Mercedes and Red Bull was decidedly less than what happened at Silverstone, where the Verstappen team had filed a complaint to tighten the sanction to the rival: “There are two great riders and two great teams, but it is true that it would be better to lower the tone, also because at Silverstone and Monza it could have been worse“, Concluded Liuzzi.
FP | Stefano Ollanu
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