Max Verstappen has stated that he is being treated differently when it comes to his racing style. The Dutchman was given a ten second penalty at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, and collided with Lewis Hamilton as well. The British driver clipped his front wing after coming into contact with the Red Bull car.
Here is what Max Verstappen had to say about his driving style ahead of the tense final race of the season: ‘The things that I did in terms of defending, two other guys in terms of racing also did, and they didn’t even get a mention or a penalty.
‘So I don’t understand, because I thought I was just racing hard. What happened for me didn’t deserve any penalty, and clearly the other two people who did it, they didn’t get one, but clearly it’s only me who gets it.
‘Of course, fighting at the front, people are a bit more critical I guess, but for me I don’t understand.’
The 24-year-old went on to add: ‘I think from my side, what is unfair [is] that I am treated differently to other drivers.’
‘To be honest, the only thing I ask is that it’s fair for everyone, and clearly that’s not the case at the moment.
‘But like I said, I don’t feel like I was wrong, and clearly, it is not wrong for others, so why should I change when others are allowed to race like that?
Verstappen is currently level on points with Lewis Hamilton, and will battle it out for the title in the final race of the season at Abu Dhabi.