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Verstappen: Mexico penalty for impeding Bottas would be ‘really stupid’

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Max Verstappen feels it would be “really stupid” if the FIA stewards opted to give him a penalty for impeding Valtteri Bottas during Formula 1 qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix, believing he did nothing wrong when slowing down on-track.

Verstappen backed off during a lap at the start of Q3 in order to find a gap and work his tires, moving to the left-hand side of the circuit heading into the Foro Sol stadium section.

Mercedes’ Bottas remained on a flying lap and came across Verstappen, peeling to the right-hand side of the circuit as per the racing line before locking up and going deep at the next corner.

Bottas immediately returned to the pits, feeling Verstappen had ruined his lap, and the stewards quickly confirmed they would be investigating the Red Bull driver after the session.

“I was on the left. I don’t think I was in the way,” Verstappen told NBCSN after qualifying second.

“He locks up the next corner doing his normal line. That’s not my problem. I’m not in the way there.

“That would be really stupid [if a penalty was given]. You know my comment already.”

Bottas made no secret of his frustration when talking to NBCSN after the session, having qualified fourth with just a single flying lap at the end of Q3.

“For me, it definitely ruined my lap in the end. I was coming out of Turn 12, definitely in the turbulent air, and it compromised my line for 13,” Bottas said.

“That’s why I locked my brakes for 13. So I only had one shot in Q3.”

Verstappen’s latest visit to the stewards comes just six days after he was stripped of a podium finish in the United States Grand Prix for cutting a corner on the final lap when passing Kimi Raikkonen, with the decision sparking a wide debate about their decisions in F1.

The Mexican Grand Prix is live on NBC from 2:30pm ET on Sunday.

Dakar Rally Stage 10 video highlights: Cars, Bikes, Trucks, Quads

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After Monday’s Stage 9 was washed out due to weather and impassable course conditions, the 40th Dakar Rally resumed with Stage 10 on Tuesday.

Several top competitors struggled during the course of the stage, with some even being eliminated due to crashes or injuries.

Here’s some of the best video action of the stage, as seen on NBCSN:

BIKES: Matthias Walkner wins Stage 10 of after a major shakeup.

CARS: Carlos Sainz plays it safe in Stage 10

Stephane Peterhansel took the overall stage win while Cars leader Carlos Sainz played it safe and came in third.

TRUCKS: The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten wins the stage, but Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, who finished fourth Tuesday, continues to hold the overall lead.

 

QUADS: Nicolas Cavigliasso bests Gonzalez Ferioli in Stage 10, but Ignacio Casale continues to make a push for his second Dakar crown.

Stage 11 is Wednesday and runs from Belen, Argentina to Fiambala, Argentina.