Verstappen victory burnout in Styria frowned upon by FIA

FIA race director Michael Masi has issued a staunch warning to Red Bull Racing, giving notice that Max Verstappen’s Styrian Grand Prix celebration burnout must not be repeated.

Verstappen took a dominant lights-to-flag win at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday, but in view of the checkered flag, the Dutchman reduced his speed and indulged in a burnout in front of his Red Bull crews.

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But Masi was unimpressed by the initiative which he believed could have put another driver close by at risk had Verstappen lost control. And F1’s race director said that he contacted Red Bull “as soon as it happened’.

“It was not an ideal situation,” said Masi, “which is why I spoke to the team immediately and told them accordingly, that it’s something that would not be tolerated in the future.”

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Article 43.3 of F1’s sporting regulations allow for a degree of post-race celebrations for drivers, under the condition that such a celebration “is performed safely and does not endanger other drivers or officials”.

Verstappen will no doubt abstain from any on-track festivities if the championship leader enjoys another triumph at next week’s second round of racing at the Red Bull Ring.

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