Red Bull’s ace Max Verstappen has a three-place grid penalty ahead of the Russian Grand Prix courtesy to his crash with Lewis Hamilton. The former title protagonist has been criticized by many former Formula 1 drivers for his move. But Nick Catsburg surely feels differently, which may end of surprising a lot of people.
The racing driver believes that drivers should be able to go through a bend together and sees that almost all drivers choose to push the opponent to the outside. “You do that because you can get away with it,” he stated in Formula 1 Café on Ziggo Sport. “I actually think we shouldn’t get away with it. What Lewis did to Max at Monza, that really shouldn’t be allowed.”
Nick Catsburg on Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen Crash at Monza
Nick Catsburg added, He just doesn’t give him any space. Nine times out of ten Lewis will take the easy way out, like in Imola and Barcelona, but Max is not like that. He lets him stand and then you’re up against each other.”
Tom Coronel thinks Verstappen deserves the necessary respect on the track. “The tactic is of course: if you see Max in your mirrors and next to you, then you better get a new pair of underpants. After all, it’s very simple: you get eaten up. Then you’ve just lost him.”
Having said that Verstappen would enter the Russian GP being 5 points clear of rival Lewis Hamilton. On one hand, where the seven-time world champion will be itching to make a comeback after being pulled out in the previous grand prix. The Dutchman will also be eager to answer his critics who have significantly increased ever since the crash at Monza.