Max Verstappen investigated by FIA, lashes out at Nicholas Latifi

Max Verstappen topped FP2 after finishing third in the opening session.

Max Verstappen was given a warning, while no investigation was deemed necessary for Nicholas Latifi for respective incidents during Friday practice at the Belgian Grand Prix.

During first practice, Verstappen headed out of his garage towards the end of the pit lane, when he stumbled across the Williams of Latifi.

The Dutchman had to change direction to avoid the car that had been released into his path, and he noted it on team radio.

“Did you see that Williams? The mechanics just released him,” said Verstappen to his team.

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The stewards had a very brief look at the pit lane shenanigans, and decided that it was not necessary to investigate the Williams team.

At the end of second practice, the reigning champion was involved in another minor incident. Verstappen took to the end of the pit lane to perform a practice start, but he had not noticed an Alpine driving into the pit exit behind him.

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As he launched, he came close to the back of the car, and contact was narrowly avoided, but no harm was done.

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Verstappen was summoned by the stewards after the session, and was handed a warning.

“The driver [Verstappen] and team representative [Red Bull] are required to report to the stewards at 19:15 in relation to the incident below:

“Alleged breach of Article 12.2.1 i of the International Sporting Code and non-compliance with the race director’s note (item 12,Document 3) – Practice start infringement.”

Verstappen finished third in the opening session in Spa behind Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, who took a one-two for Ferrari.

The 24-year-old then topped the second Friday session by eight tenths from Leclerc.

Latifi climbed up to 11th in the first session as team-mate Alex Albon finished an impressive sixth, before the Canadian ended up down in 19th in FP2.