Max Verstappen has labelled Sebastian Vettel’s post-race time sanction as a “small bit of justice” after he too was penalised after the conclusion of the Mexican Grand Prix.
Verstappen held third position during the closing stages but went wide through the opening complex while under pressure from Vettel, and was deemed to have gained an advantage.
Verstappen crossed the line in third and made his way to the podium, only to be informed that he had been handed a five-second time penalty, which dropped him to fifth.
Vettel consequently climbed onto the podium but he too was sanctioned after stewards judged that he drove in a “potentially dangerous” manner while defending against Daniel Ricciardo on the penultimate lap.
As a result, Ricciardo was promoted to third, with Verstappen fourth and Vettel fifth.
“I think it was a small bit of justice that the stewards made the decision to penalise Sebastian,” he said.
“It was clearly a wrong move which has been punished according to the rules.
“As long as we can stick to the rules every week then we won’t have the frustration we felt after the race.”
Verstappen added that he was pleased for Ricciardo, whose result secured him third position in the Drivers’ Championship.
“I’m really happy for Daniel to get on the podium after a strong drive and it’s a great result for the team,” he said.
“It makes our second position in the Constructors’ Championship that little bit closer and I believe it confirms Daniel as P3 in the Drivers’ Championship.”