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Max Verstappen in trouble for calling steward 'idiot'

Verstappen in trouble for calling steward 'idiot'
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Max Verstappen could be in trouble for insulting an FIA steward at the United States Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen could be in trouble for insulting an FIA steward.

A controversy erupted when the Dutchman was penalised for his exciting last-lap pass on Kimi Raikkonen for the Austin podium.

The Red Bull driver's father Jos was particularly furious, declaring on Twitter that the FIA should stand for 'Ferrari International Assistance', and Max himself also let his fury rip.

"I feel robbed," Sport Bild quotes him as saying.

Verstappen, 20, accused one steward in particular - believed to be Australian Garry Connelly - of always penalising him for overtakes.

"He's an idiot who always decides against me," he said.

"I hope the fans don't like the decision and don't come back next year."

Now, British and German media sources report that the FIA could look into whether Verstappen's criticism of the steward brings the sport into disrepute.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner does not think so.

"If Lewis Hamilton is allowed to criticise the US president, then a frustrated driver is allowed to express his opinion," he is quoted as saying by Auto Motor und Sport.

As for Verstappen's actual overtake, expert opinions are mixed. Some say that it was clearly illegal, others think that officialdom should butt out, and many argue that tracks should be modified so that breaching 'track limits' is not possible.

Some pundits say that the real problem is that only certain breaches of 'track limits' are penalised.

F1 race director Charlie Whiting defended the Austin stewards' decision.

"In all other cases where the drivers left the circuit, they went a longer distance. Max on the other hand cut the corner with all four wheels," he said.

The championship continues on Sunday with the Mexican Grand Prix.

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