Italian GP: Max Verstappen handed penalty after Lewis Hamilton crash


Max Verstappen has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the next Formula 1 race after he was found “predominantly to blame” for the crash with Lewis Hamilton at the Italian GP.

Verstappen will have to serve his penalty at the Russian GP on September 26 as stewards, following a post-race investigation, ruled that he caused the collision that ended both the championship rivals’ races.

The two drivers came together on Lap 26 of the Monza race after Verstappen, attempting to pass Hamilton around the outside of Turn 1 of the first chicane and the inside of Turn 2, hit a kerb and shunted into the Mercedes.

His Red Bull then landed on top of Hamilton, who was thankfully protected by the Halo safety device, before both cars ended beached in the gravel.

“I don’t fully agree with the penalty as I believe it was a racing incident,” said Verstappen.

Daniel Ricciardo eventually won the Italian GP, leading a remarkable McLaren one-two to claim the team’s first race win since 2012.

With his Russia penalty, Verstappen will start three places lower than he qualifies at Sochi. Stewards also handed him two penalty points on his license.

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