The discussion over Max Verstappen’s post-race five-second time penalty assessed in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix, issued when he tried to the inside of Kimi Raikkonen at the Turns 16, 17 and 18 carousel complex at Circuit of The Americas, will roll on far beyond today.
The debate today largely centered over consistency in adjudication and application of the rules, track limits themselves (always a sore subject at COTA given its wide runoff areas) or whether there should be permanent stewards.
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) October 22, 2017
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) October 22, 2017
— Channel 4 F1® (@C4F1) October 22, 2017
In the immediate aftermath, though, Twitter lit up with outrage over Verstappen being assessed a five-second post-race time penalty.
Here’s a mere sampling of the reaction, below.
— Autosport (@autosport) October 22, 2017
— Mario Andretti (@MarioAndretti) October 22, 2017
I f*****g hate track limits, either enforce everywhere, or don’t enforce anywhere. That’s why I like old school American tracks..
— Marino Franchitti (@MFranchitti) October 22, 2017
— Dario Franchitti (@dariofranchitti) October 22, 2017
Seen cars over and beyond curbs all day and @Max33Verstappen gets a penalty? I’m confused but of course I wasn’t in drivers meeting. 😏😏😏
— Arie Luyendyk (@ArieLuyendyk) October 22, 2017
— alex wurz (@alex_wurz) October 22, 2017
Not correct Alex, the problem is that all the drivers drive outside track limits which is not a skill. That's called track limit abuse.
— Johnny Herbert (@johnnyherbertf1) October 22, 2017
Shocking, shocking shocking – bad luck @Max33Verstappen on the demotion to P4, but you were still the best guy out there today
— Andy Palmer (@AndyatAston) October 22, 2017
Brilliant drive from @Max33Verstappen – such a shame to be penalised for that. So many people off track all the time. Makes no sense!
— Karun Chandhok (@karunchandhok) October 22, 2017
Yes! What a race by Max Verstappen. Screw that penalty, you were so entertaining. https://t.co/owOYMJTHbC
— Jeroen Bleekemolen (@jbleekemolen) October 22, 2017
Total bulls**t! Everyone all over the track for the whole race, @Max33Verstappen gets the penalty. Be consistent in your rules!!!!🤦🏼♂️🤦🏼♂️
— Dominik Kraihamer (@DodoKraihamer) October 22, 2017
Max Verstappen & Christian Horner not holding back in criticism of the decision & 1 Steward in particular 🤔 #F1 Meanwhile FIA web-site down😱
— Mark Gallagher (@_markgallagher) October 22, 2017
— Rick Parfitt Jnr (@RickParfittJnr) October 22, 2017
Drivers exceeng limits at T19 all weekend and Max gets a penalty for that? They’ll say rules are rules but where’s the consistency?
— Will Buxton (@thebuxtonblog) October 22, 2017
Oh man…they gave Verstappen a five-second penalty for his pass. How freaking lame is that? So he loses a podium finish.
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) October 22, 2017
Max Verstappen demotion is total bullshit. That was a GREAT move, and again (3rd time I'm counting) controversy will turn off US #F1 fans
— Adam Hay-Nicholls (@AdamHayNicholls) October 22, 2017
Nice to see the steward who dished Max Verstappen's penalty out – Mika Salo – is a former Finnish Ferrari driver 🤔 #USGP
— Sophie Barley (@SophieBarley) October 22, 2017
FIA shame on you. Absolutely ruined the race for every racing fan around the globe by giving Max Verstappen five sec penalty.#Verstappen
— liontamer (@neilson_stuart) October 22, 2017
Unbelievable..and what a bull…max verstappen should be 3th..#formule1 this is bad advertisement for f1 !!
— arjan ardon (@arjan_rotterdam) October 22, 2017
— Allan McNish (@allanmcnish) October 22, 2017
Overtake of the day. Driver of the day. What. A. Man. Max Verstappen.
— Giedo van der Garde (@GvanderGarde) October 22, 2017
Not that I needed further proof but @Max33Verstappen is unreal.
— Justin Marks (@JustinMarksDG) October 22, 2017