Former Formula 1 driver and race winner David Coulthard branded the inconsistency with track limits as an embarrassment to the championship ahead of the Portuguese Grand Prix, which perhaps has been proven to be true as Max Verstappen once again was hit with a penalty that cost him important championship points.
Many drivers have had lap times deleted over the course of the season, with the Red Bull driver in particular falling foul of what he’s branded “odd” track limit decisions that have cost him a win already this year.
During the opening race of the season, Verstappen, fighting for the win, had to give back the lead of the race in the closing stages after race control deemed a move on Lewis Hamilton to have exceeded track limits.
And most recently, gunning for fastest lap and an important championship point, Verstappen had his quickest time deleted in Portugal, handing an all important point to Mercedes come the end of the race.
At the time Verstappen called the decision “odd” and claimed the FIA had not been monitoring that corner for track limits.
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And speaking ahead of the last race in Portugal, Coulthard said ”I think it is a nonsense that in modern F1, the pinnacle of motorsport, racing globally that there is uncertainty as to where the limit is where you can drive,” he told the On the Marbles podcast.
“I don’t follow football closely but I keep seeing people questioning VAR [Video Assistant Referee] which I just find unbelievable.
“If you have video technology which is there to support the referee, how can that be questioned and if it is questioned, they have a problem as well.
“We do have a problem, Eddie Irvine used to say in drivers meetings when we were on about track limits, ‘put a wall there, that’ll stop people running wide’ which is a fair point.
“I am so over it. It is so dull, so boring and so embarrassing for Formula 1 that we are having races decided by somebody going beyond track limits.”
The battle to become F1 champion continues in Barcelona on Sunday with just eight points separating Mercedes’ Hamilton and Verstappen at the top of the standings.