F1 teams demand FIA re-open investigation into Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen could be facing punishment from the FIA after several rival teams expressed their dissatisfaction with the stewards.

It’s been reported ahead of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix that several Formula 1 teams have called for the FIA to explain the reasoning behind some of their recent decisions at the Singapore Grand Prix last weekend.

According to Auto Motor und Sport, teams have called for incidents from last weekend at the Marina Bay Circuit to be “reopened, and the verdicts explained” by the FIA.

It’s the three incidents involving Max Verstappen which appear to have caused the biggest uproar, with the Dutchman having somehow escaped a penalty.

Verstappen was investigated by the FIA after qualifying in Singapore over three separate incidents, all of which involved impeding.

Want to work in Formula 1? Browse the latest F1 job vacancies

The first incident occurred when the reigning World Champion left his garage ahead of his final hot lap in Q1, where he bizarrelly came to a complete stop at the end of the pit-lane.

This caused the likes of Charles Leclerc, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton to all come to a complete halt.

Red Bull and Verstappen argued that he was trying to allow those in front to pull away slightly, to allow the two-time World Champion to prepare for his lap properly.

He sat stationary for several seconds, before eventually entering the track.

Article continues below

The second incident also occurred in Q1, in fact, it took place right before he was about to start his final hot lap.

A traffic jam involving several cars had formed in the final sector, with Verstappen having been part of it.

He started cruising on the racing line and was forced to suddenly dart out of Logan Sargeant’s way, who was completing his final Q1 push lap.

Verstappen escaped both of those incidents with no warning, whereas his final incident saw him slapped with a reprimand.

READ: Red Bull admit they want Lewis Hamilton to be stripped of championship

The 25-year-old blatantly impeded Yuki Tsunoda towards the end of Q2, causing the Japanese driver to bail out of his lap.

Similar incidents in the past have resulted in a three-place grid penalty, something Verstappen was oddly not awarded with.

Instead, Red Bull were fined €5000 for poor communication, leaving several teams wanting answers as to why the championship leader didn’t receive a grid drop.