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Why Verstappen received a grid drop, not a time penalty

Article To news overview © Red Bull Contentpool FIA and Formula 1 Race Director Michael Masi has revealed that Max Verstappen would have been given a time penalty for his collision with Lewis Hamilton, if he had not retired from the Italian Grand Prix. Verstappen has been given a three-grid place penalty for his Turn 2 clash with Hamilton after the stewards decided that he was predominantly at fault. It's the second significant collision between the championship protagonists this season following high-speed contact at Silverstone, where Hamilton was given a 10-second time penalty. Masi says Verstappen's grid penalty has similar value to Hamilton's penalty from the British GP. "I...
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