Carlos Sainz says it is a ‘shame’ dominant Max Verstappen doesn’t get penalized for breaching rules

Sainz says that everyone has had penalties so to see Max escape with one was shocking.

Carlos Sainz says it is a ‘shame’ dominant Max Verstappen doesn’t get penalized for breaching rules

Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz (image via IMAGO)

Max Verstappen has dominated Formula 1 throughout the 2023 season. However, the two-time world champion had a rough weekend in Singapore where he lost his dominant winning streak. However, the Dutch driver did not get penalized for impeding Yuki Tsunoda during Qualifying. Now, Carlos Sainz has called out the stewards for this incident.


Sainz was disappointed to see this alleged bias in Formula 1 where the dominant driver gets away without being penalized while others have faced multiple penalties for the same offense this year. Certainly a direct attack at race control by the Spanish driver. He said, as reported by, “It’s just a shame that the guy that is dominating and winning pretty much every race is the only one that gets away with it, while all the others we’ve had penalties this year.”

The Ferrari driver pointed out that all drivers have been given penalties whenever they have impeded someone in Qualifying. Usually, drivers are handed a three-place grid drop straightaway for this offense. As such, Sainz found it odd that Max Verstappen did not get penalized. The Spaniard stated, “And when I say everyone, everyone has pretty much had penalties. So it’s a bit strange, and yeah, hopefully they learn from it.”

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Ferrari struggles to match Max Verstappen at Suzuka

Carlos Sainz defied all expectations at the Singapore GP as the Spanish driver went on to win the night race at Marina Bay. This surprise victory ended Max Verstappen’s 11-race-long winning streak. While the Scuderia won its first race since Austria in 2022. However, it seems that things have gone back to normal at the Japanese GP.

Carlos Sainz, Fred Vasseur and Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari garage.
Carlos Sainz, Fred Vasseur, and Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari garage. (image via IMAGO)

Verstappen looked quick throughout practice at Suzuka. Subsequently, the two-time world champion took pole position for the race on Sunday. On the other hand, Carlos Sainz could only manage to put his car in sixth place for the race. Moreover, Sainz’s teammate Charles Leclerc qualified on P4, over six-tenths behind the Dutch driver.

Thus, it seems that Max Verstappen is back on track after a tough outing in Singapore. Although, the two McLarens will be pushing the Dutch driver on the race start. The reigning world champion has enjoyed the weekend in Suzuka with the RB-19 so far. As such, Verstappen will be in prime position to secure his fifteenth win of the season.

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