Stefan Johansson has hit out at Max on his US NBC blog yesterday declaring that ‘its outrageous that no penalty was handed out’ for the young Red Bull driver at Spa last weekend.
The ex McLaren and Ferrari F1 driver wasn’t impressed by the amount of controversial incidents that surrounded Verstappen on Sunday.
“He blew it at the start effectively, he got passed by the two Ferrari’s going into Turn 1 and then tried to recover by a very, very low-percentage move on the inside that had virtually no chance of succeeding.
I have to say, I thought it was a bit rich for Verstappen to blame the Ferrari guys for ruining his race.”
Perhaps young Max doesn’t know his history of Spa? Turn 1 at Le Source is a magnet for incident, demonstrated as recently as 2012 with a Grosjean caused incident which could’ve cost Alonso his life. Romain Grosjean moved in the braking zone (sound familiar?), not keeping to his line and was penalised by the race stewards for the crash. A subsequent race ban followed, resulting in the Frenchman missing the Italian GP.
TJ13 reported last year on Max’s criticism of the driver penalty points system that was put in place after Spa 2012 believing the current regulations are wrong. “It’s a shame, they shouldn’t stop us from racing. I can’t change it now but definitely I have to be a bit more careful”. Max was clearly concerned racking up 8 penalty points during his rookie season in 2015.
On the subject of blocking, Steffan continues is analysis declaring – ““For me the worst part is [Max’s] blocking.
“It’s outrageous that no penalty was handed out this time. At what point do you draw the line? If a driver has to hit the brakes on a straight to avoid contact something is clearly wrong.
this is typical of the new generation of open wheel racers. They think this is completely normal it seems – like it’s ok to completely turn into someone when they’re coming alongside on a straight. The fact that this is their mindset is sad.”
“If you have to brake because someone’s blocking you on the straight then something’s fundamentally wrong, especially when they stewards let you get away with it.”
To conclude, the Swedish driver praised Lewis and Fernando for their exemplary and fair driving declaring that they are “the best two modern day racers able to race clean and fair up front.”.
With 12 podium finishes to his name, Stefan Johansson raced in F1 from 1980 to 1991 for both Ferrari McLaren. Shadow, Tyrrell, Ligier and Toleman are notable ex teams the Swede raced for during his career.