Max Verstappen Penalized by FIA for Violating Silverstone Rules Three Times

Red Bull received three fines when Max Verstappen repeatedly infringed the same rule at Silverstone.

The Dutchman was driving as fast as he could to deny his three British competitors a fairytale victory at their home Grand Prix. However, he should have been more aware of his speed before the race began.

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On his reconnaissance laps after the pit lane opened, he was detected going faster than the 80kph limit three times. Both were small breaches, with the first two exceeding the speed limit by 0.4kph and the second over it by barely 0.5kph.

Red Bull was fined £85 per offence, resulting in an insignificant cost for Verstappen’s regulation violations. And the outcome of the race ensured that he did not suffer any sporting setbacks.

He started fourth and did not win the race, but he finished second behind Lewis Hamilton, who returned to the top step of the F1 podium. Verstappen actually increased his championship lead over Lando Norris, whom he passed in the closing stages.

After the race, the 26-year-old expressed his satisfaction with the result, stating that he had dreaded slipping backwards as Red Bull battled for pace in comparison to his opponents in the early stages. He told reporters, “We simply didn’t have the pace today.

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“I was gradually backing off when it mattered in the beginning, so it didn’t look great at times. I was really thinking, ‘Will we finish fifth or sixth?’ But we made the right decisions. Going from slicks to inters and back to slicks was always the correct lap.

“Also, near the end, the team’s decision to use a hard rubber rather than a soft tyre definitely helped me out. That’s why I believe we finished second today. So it could have been much worse, but we’re making the correct decisions, and we still made it to the podium, which I’m obviously extremely pleased with.”

Norris was leading the race before falling behind Hamilton due to a late pit stop caused by him missing his markings in front of the McLaren garage. And the Briton conceded that he only had himself to blame for missing out on his second career F1 Grand Prix win.

The disappointed 24-year-old admitted: “It’s still nice to be on the podium… but I blame myself [for not winning].” I’m not making the correct selections. I detest ending up in this situation and making excuses… if there’s one place where everything should go right, it’s here.”