Sebastian Vettel has weighed into the Max Verstappen points penalty debate as he claimed it would be “stupid” to retrospectively penalise the star for his 2021 F1 championship triumph. Verstappen may be docked some of last year’s points, which could see him lose his title, after Red Bull were found to have breached last season’s budget cap.
“Yeah, I think on that stuff the FIA should come out and make it very clear, very quick or very soon, because obviously that’s a bit stupid,” Vettel said. “Maybe you have a point or not, but I think nobody doubts that he was a champion of 21.”
Verstappen is facing an anxious wait to discover his fate after the FIA deemed Red Bull to have been guilty of a ‘minor breach’ of the regulations, with the Austrian outfit exceeding the £114million cap by less than five per cent.
The FIA have now presented Red Bull with an accepted breach agreement proposal, which they can accept or reject. If the current Constructors’ Championship leaders accept the proposal, they will be forced to stomach whatever punishment the FIA hands out. And Vettel says the process must be as transparent as possible.
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The prospect of Verstappen losing his 2021 title is an improbable one, with Red Bull more likely to only face a financial penalty following the breach. And the Dutchman, who secured his second world title after winning this month’s Japanese Grand Prix, has already admitted he isn’t worried about any sanctions.
Ahead of this weekend’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, Verstappen was asked by Sky Sports if his team were concerned. And the 25-year-old replied: “No, from what I heard within the team I think we really understand where we are at from our side. But at the end of the day of course it’s something between the team and the FIA they have to sort out – so I’m just focused on the driving part.”