Max Verstappen keeps getting away with it, leaving only one option for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes: war.

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Max Verstappen keeps getting away with it, leaving only one option for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes: war.

As we approach the final three races of the 2021 season, the F1 title race is expected to become increasingly competitive.

According to Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, the era of diplomacy in Formula One is over.

After Lewis Hamilton’s incredible victory in Brazil to keep his championship hopes alive, the statement surprised older ears who were surprised to learn that a diplomatic code existed in the first place.

Few sports generate as much controversy as Formula One, which has a long history of bitter disputes, multimillion-pound fines, and suspensions.

Things tend to get emotional on a playing field where contestants bang wheels at 200mph.

Furthermore, because of the action’s reliance on machinery, the technical parameters that frame it are a constant source of scrutiny, tension, and, quite frankly, skulduggery.

At Interlagos, things came to a head, with Hamilton receiving two grid penalties and championship leader Max Verstappen receiving none for the same number of mistakes.

Though Hamilton would win and cut the gap to Verstappen to 14 points, the sense of injustice felt by Mercedes was not alleviated by victory, and a hardening of attitudes was left behind at Brackley, which will undoubtedly inform the final three races of the season, beginning this weekend in Qatar.

First, Hamilton’s rear wing was found to be 0.2mm out of compliance with the rules.

Despite the fact that this infraction was the result of a malfunction rather than a deliberate act, Hamilton’s sprint race pole time was disqualified and he was relegated to the back of the grid, effectively a 20-place penalty.

This infuriated Mercedes, who claimed that Red Bull had been given the opportunity to fix their rear wing problems in parc ferme without penalty at previous races.

Mercedes couldn’t do anything about the five-grid penalty for using a new engine on race day, but they were less than pleased with Verstappen’s (dollar)50k (£37kk) slap on the wrist for inspecting the Mercedes wing after sprint qualifying in parc ferme, which is strictly prohibited.

“We had a broken part on our rear wing that we couldn’t look at, couldn’t analyze,” Wolff explained. “We failed the test and were disqualified as a result, which was very harsh.”

“And then you see on the Red Bull three races in a row on a rear wing being repaired.”

News summary from Infosurhoy in the United Kingdom.

Max Verstappen keeps getting away with it, leaving only one option for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes: war.

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Max Verstappen keeps getting away with it so Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have only one option: war

F1 drivers’ standings

  • 1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 332.5pts
  • 2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 318.5
  • 3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 203
  • 4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) 178
  • 5. Lando Norris (McLaren) 151
  • 6. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 148
  • 7. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 139.5
  • 8. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) 105
  • 9. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) 92
  • 10. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) 62
  • 11. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) 50
  • 12. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) 42
  • 13. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) 26
  • 14. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) 20
  • 15. George Russell (Williams) 16
  • 16. Kimi Raikonnen (Alfa Romeo) 10
  • 17. Nicolas Latifi (Williams) 7
  • 18. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) 1
  • 19. Mick Schumacher (Haas) 0
  • 20. Robert Kubica (Alfa Romeo) 0
  • 21. Nikita Mazepin (Haas) 0

F1 2021 schedule

  • 21 Nov: Qatar Grand Prix
  • 5 Dec: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
  • 12 Dec: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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