Allard Kalff thinks it is “ridiculous” that Max Verstappen has been given a grid penalty for the incident with Lewis Hamilton in Monza. In an extensive conversation, the driver and presenter of RTL GP looks back extensively at the GP of Italy, he enjoys the Dutch Grand Prix and looks ahead to the release of the Netflix documentary about Michael Schumacher.
After the race at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, the collision between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in the first chicane is the talk of the town. Both drivers finished the race in the gravel pit, although Verstappen also ended up with a grid penalty and two penalty points. “Ridiculous”, says Kalff: “You have no culprit here. What you have here is two riders fighting, and neither of them give up. If you both don’t give up, you will automatically bump into each other.”
Kalff finds Hamilton’s action “not useful”, although he also realizes that the Briton’s fans will claim that Verstappen could have avoided a collision by cutting off the chicane. However, the driver and presenter does not understand anything about the decision of the stewards to penalize Verstappen: “That makes no sense at all. So you can just send someone left at 280 km/h during the British Grand Prix and then you get a little penalty, ten seconds, and then you win the race. And if this goes a bit clumsily wrong at 50 km/h, then you suddenly have to go back three places. Of course that makes no sense at all.”
The argument that Hamilton could still be penalized at Silverstone during the race and Verstappen had already retired in Monza and that a time penalty had therefore made no difference, makes little impression on Kalff: “Isn’t that disproportionate at all? I think it is ridiculous.”
Goosebumps in Zandvoort
In addition to the incident between Verstappen and Hamilton, Kalff is of course also talking about McLaren’s double victory. We also look back at the race before that in Zandvoort, where Kalff took on the role of circuit speaker throughout the weekend. For example, he looks back on a number of goosebumps moments, and tells what he thinks should actually be the highlight of the Dutch Grand Prix : “That everyone who said beforehand that it would be a drama, that that bicycle plan would become a drama, that circuit was too old and that it would become a parade, that all those people were wrong. I think that’s the best thing about it actually.”
“The fact that I see a photo of all those people who are all cycling to the circuit, that that plan has worked out well. I think that is very cool. Let’s be honest, Jan Lammers then said: “How beautiful can that picture are of all those spectators who come to cycle through the dunes to Zandvoort?” He was not yet laughed at, it was close, and now it was just there, I think that’s cool.”
Schumacher changed the sport
Finally, Kalff also looks ahead to the release of the Netflix documentary about Michael Schumacher, which he has already seen and of which he is also part of, to his own surprise. For example, Kalff tells how the seven-time world champion has changed the sport and to what extent he also sees the characteristics of father Michael in son Mick, who will make his debut with the Haas team in Formula 1 this year.