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Max Verstappen Will get 3-place Grid Penalty for Lewis Hamilton Crash at Monza: Stewards


Crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton (AP)

Crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton (AP)

Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen was ‘predominantly in charge’ for the incident that wiped him and his Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton out of the Italian GP.

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  • Final Up to date:September 13, 2021, 00:00 IST
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Purple Bull’s championship chief Max Verstappen was handed a three-place grid penalty for his function within the horrifying crash with Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, the stewards at Monza introduced.

The Dutch driver was “predominantly in charge” for the incident that wiped him and his Mercedes rival out of the race won by McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, a statement read.

The penalty will be applied at the Russian Grand Prix in a fortnight’s time.

Verstappen, who leads seven-time world champion Hamilton by five points, had tried to muscle past Hamilton who had just rejoined the track after a pitstop.

But Verstappen’s car, pushed onto the sausage kerb at the Turn One chicane, ended up with its back wheel rolling over the top of his rival’s Mercedes, narrowly missing Hamilton’s head.

Both drivers then slid into the gravel and were forced to retire.

In the stewards’ verdict after interviewing both drivers, although Hamilton’s line forced Verstappen onto the kerb, the Red Bull man had attempted the manouevre too late for him to have “the right to racing room”.

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