“Okay, if it’s not allowed, I won’t do it again” – Styrian GP winner Max Verstappen is willing to comply with FIA’s directive of not doing burn-outs after race wins.
Max Verstappen was ecstatic after winning the Styrian GP comfortably ahead of Lewis Hamilton. As he crossed the chequered flag, he slowed down his car and did a burnout in celebration, as he crossed his Red Bull crew.
Little did he know he would be reprimanded for it by FIA Race Director Michael Masi. After being informed it “would not be tolerated” again, Verstappen agreed to comply, ahead of the Austrian GP this weekend.
“I understand of course about safety but I looked in my mirror, went all the way to the right, took it easy, everyone was on the left. I just did a burn-out. Okay, if it’s not allowed, I won’t do it again.
“At the time I thought it was really funny and safe but of course I understand they don’t want to see this happening again, which is fine for me.”
— Bryson Sullivan 🇺🇲 (@NaturalParadigm) June 27, 2021
Nicholas Latifi agrees with Michael Masi
Williams driver Latifi, who was passing by as Verstappen was doing the burnout, agreed with FIA. He too feels drivers should not slow down suddenly, as it can potentially be costly.
“When I was coming to the finish line, I saw Max pulling to the inside to celebrate with the team like most drivers do. So I just make sure to stay as far to the left as possible.
“I guess in general, just as a rule of thumb, it’s probably not the best thing to really slow down that much.”