Jolyon Palmer believes Max Verstappen makes an “absolute nuisance” of himself at Security Automobile restarts, however says there’s nothing within the guidelines that claims he can’t.
Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix noticed Verstappen and Charles Leclerc preventing for the victory round for the second race in a row.
This time, although, it was Verstappen who got here out on high, the Crimson Bull driver getting his title defence up and working with a 25-point haul.
He succeeded late within the grand prix when he overtook Leclerc, the 2 have engaged in an exhilarating DRS battle.
Nevertheless, early within the race in addition they had a brief struggle, this time behind the Security Automobile.
Introduced out for Nicholas Latifi’s crash, Leclerc lined up P1 with Verstappen P2 and the Dutchman utilizing what Palmer says are his regular ways of attempting to get side-by-side with the race chief on the restart to take the popular line.
Leclerc, although, was clever to it.
“Max has a restart method had been he likes to get side-by-side with the chief and cease them handing over the place they need to be,” he advised F1 TV.
“Charles simply didn’t chunk.
“He pressured Max barely vast and stayed within the lead, no DRS after all on the restart, so the strain wasn’t as unhealthy however Max was actually attempting to power the difficulty with that side-by-side.”
Additional explaining Verstappens’ actions, the previous F1 driver turned commentator added: “What he’s doing is he’s stopping Charles from opening up the nook.
“Charles desires to be heading in that path on the surface so he can swing into the left-hander that’s arising and get essentially the most pace by way of the nook.
“However as a result of Max is alongside, he’s going to have a a lot better response time as a result of there’s much less distance that he can lose, he has a pleasant view of when Leclerc goes as nicely and he’s stopping Leclerc from attending to that outdoors line that he’s wanting.
“Max doing his little weaving, Charles is accelerating and braking on the throttle and brakes all to try to get the tyre temps up. However the entire approach by way of this, Max is simply sitting there alongside.
“He doesn’t overtake, he’s simply sitting there, simply being an absolute nuisance for the race chief.”
Haas reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi questioned whether or not Verstappen’s ways are even authorized.
“Is that allowed?” he stated. “I used to be questioning if that’s allowed as a result of on the finish you might be impeding the man on the entrance.
“I feel it’s nice as a result of it causes some chaos however I don’t know is allowed.”
Palmer replied: “As long as you don’t overtake. Keep in mind in Abu Dhabi had been he nearly did, it’s a wonderful margin.”
Verstappen tried the identical transfer on Lewis Hamilton on the 2021 Abu Dhabi season finale, attempting to chop off Hamilton on the restart.
“He even caught up with Lewis briefly and that was nonetheless being investigated by the stewards,” Palmer stated. “Then he was on the racing line, so Hamilton may not likely minimize the nook.”
Sundays’ 25 factors boosted Verstappen as much as third place within the Drivers’ Championship the place he trails Leclerc by 20, the Monégasque driver having additionally bagged the quickest lap level in Saudi Arabia.