Scuderia Ferrari Spanish driver Carlos Sainz has also expressed his opinion on the Max Verstappen case, as the FIA decided not to penalize him for impeding during qualifying in Singapore. The issue continues to generate debate even a week later. During post-qualifying interviews in Japan, the Ferrari driver subtly implies that the entire matter is quite suspicious.
The lack of penalties for the Dutch driver has raised various doubts among teams and drivers about the fairness of the federation.
“It’s really shameful that the driver who is dominating and practically winning every race is the only one getting away with it,” said Carlos Sainz, without mentioning Max Verstappen. “The rest of us… We’ve had penalties this year. And when I say each of us, I mean everyone has had quite a few penalties. So it’s a bit strange.”
Teams Seek Explanations from the FIA
In Singapore, Max Verstappen avoided at least two penalties. During qualifying, he impeded Yuki Tsunoda (and AlphaTauri did not appeal), and he also impeded Sargeant. Additionally, he blocked the pit lane, remaining stationary for an extended period while several cars behind him complained (including Mercedes and Scuderia Ferrari).
In the race, Sergio Pérez repeatedly caused problems for three cars on the track, which later retired. In the end, he received only a five-second penalty that did not affect the outcome.
Teams have asked the FIA for explanations regarding their judgment methods. Many have concluded that there may be bias on the part of the federation.
Almost a week after the incident, the FIA has admitted its mistake in not penalizing Max Verstappen. Unfortunately, it is now too late.