Max Verstappen has reached two Grands Prix since the end of the 2021 season with an eight-point margin over Lewis Hamilton. The Red Bull driver could hypothetically close the title race in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on December 5th. However, his rival will only need to win the last two races to completely overturn the outcome of the entire year and grab the eighth title in his career. At Interlagos and Qatar the World Championship leader had to run in defense, trying to limit the damage given the dominant performances shown by Hamilton’s Mercedes. But # 33 was also the star of two rather discussed events.
In Brazil the Dutch driver took his defensive maneuvers to extremes against Lewis Hamilton, but was ‘pardoned’ by the race direction; in Losail, on the other hand, he was sanctioned in qualifying for not taking his foot off the accelerator in a double yellow flag situation. An incorrect behavior that cost him five positions on the starting grid. Verstappen finished the race in second position despite the penalty, but according to his compatriot Jan Lammers, a former driver and now in charge of the Zandvoort circuit, the idol of all Dutch fans is seriously joking with fire. The sometimes contemptuous attitude of the native Hasselt in fact, according to Lammers could end up damaging his own ambitions as world champion.
“It’s like he just punched the organization in the eye – said Lammers during the NOS F1 podcast – of course that’s fine, but it is [un comportamento] at the limit”. The former orange driver’s concern is that Verstappen will end up in antagonize the commissioners, thus attracting more severe penalties for the future. “What could happen if a situation arose, in the last races, in which the commissioners were in doubt as to whether or not to give a penalty? Or what if they had to choose between a five-second or ten-second penalty? What do you think would happen? ” Lammers wondered.
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