The four-time constructors champion, Red Bull have blamed the slow pit stop on Max Verstappen on a human error in the pit crew that resulted in the delay due to the new technical directive issued by the Formula 1 governing body, the FIA. Max Verstappen’s car number 33 was delayed by 11 seconds due to miscommunication during the strategic pit stop by the Red Bull pit crew. The delay was very much unlike them due to their pit stop standards as they hold the 2021 season record for the fastest pit stop in 1.88 seconds so far along with the world record in 2019 on Verstappen’s car in 1.82 seconds at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
“There was a rare human error in our pit stop, as a result of the new Technical Directive but something we need to learn from,” said Red Bull’s team principal Christian Horner as reported in a column on the team website earlier today.
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The 11 second stop dropped the championship leader into a position where the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton tried to acting quick and was brought in by the Mercedes pit wall to take full advantage of the delay by Red Bull. Hamilton himself suffered a delay as well by 4 seconds which made his pit exit very tight as the Red Bull of Max Verstappen was charging through the straight from the parabolic curve. Both drivers were almost wheel to wheel at turn 1 with the Mercedes having its nose slightly in front to decrease the gap at turn 2 for the Red Bull driver. Verstappen had run out of room on track as his front left went over the sausage kerb that launched his car on top of Hamilton to send the championship rivals in the gravel to end their Italian Grand Prix in a DNF.
While many fans and racing experts took to say the collision should be edging to be counted as a racing incident, the FIA reviewed the incident with the drivers and had officially handed Verstappen a 3 grid penalty for the upcoming Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.
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