There was some commotion among the drivers about what is or is not allowed, after Max Verstappen was not punished last weekend for his defensive action against Lewis Hamilton. The matter was discussed during the usual meeting between the drivers and the FIA.
According to Max Verstappen, there was eventually some clarity and he now knows what is and is not allowed. “Everyone is different and of course everyone has a different way of racing, attacking and defending. It is difficult for the FIA to get everyone on the same page. In the end they decide, but every driver has a different opinion.”
When asked about the meeting, the Dutchman thinks it was a good conversation. “On Friday everyone shared their opinion and the FIA explained their thought process. We have come to an end and it was a long meeting. But yes, at the end it was clear.”
Hamilton not happy with outcome of conversation
Lewis Hamilton, the other title contender, was not pleased with the content of the conversation with the FIA on Friday evening. It is still not clear to him what is and is not allowed.
“No, it’s not clear,” he begins with a cynical laugh. “Everyone except Verstappen wanted clarity, but it was not very clear. It is still not clear because the limit is when overtaking. It is clearly not the white line anymore.”
Hamilton seems to accept it and hints that he will drive in the same way as Verstappen did last weekend. “Anyway, we’re just going for it. We’re just asking for consistency. Then in a similar scenario as in the previous race, the same should apply to every driver. And then it’s good.”
Finally, he once again shares that it is a strange thing that decisions can be made completely differently in the future. The FIA has said that to the drivers. “They’ve told us it could be different with other stewards, so it’s just not clear,” he sighs.
Bottas asks for consistency
Valtteri Bottas also shares his opinion. After the conversation, the Finn only knows that what Verstappen did last week is allowed. “What’s clear is that if something is similar to the moment in Brazil, then it’s okay.”
“It’s always difficult to decide, of course, but it’s about consistency. We haven’t really received an explanation about what is allowed or not,” he sighs.
“Every overtaking is different, so the FIA will do its best. It won’t change much. We’re going for it and now we know that what Max and Lewis did in Brazil is allowed. That’s good to know,” said the Mercedes drivers.