Verstappen Burnout Ban Takes Some of the Fun Out of F1

Three Formula 1 personalities have slammed the sport’s governing body for clamping down on the type of checkered flag burnout indulged by Max Verstappen last Sunday.

To the chagrin of former Bridgestone engineer Kees van der Grint, race director Michael Masi said moves like that “will not be tolerated” from the championship leader in future.

“Max brings life to Formula 1, which is something the viewer is starving for,” van der Grint told RTL GP, a Dutch broadcaster. “People like him are the best thing about sports, so it’s really very sad that an organisation like the FIA wants to stop that.”


Former Red Bull driver Robert Doornbos fully agrees.

“Max saw his teammates hanging over the fence and did a cool burnout,” Doornbos told Ziggo Sport. “I don’t quite understand why it was criticized. He did it on the extreme side of the track, so it was completely safe. Don’t you think these things should be possible—to celebrate a victory like that? Especially when Red Bull was winning on its own track.”

Finally, F1 legend Gerhard Berger thinks the FIA should indeed make room for drivers and the fans to enjoy the warm-down lap celebrations.

“When I saw it I thought ‘Everybody is going to talk about this’,” said Berger, a former Ferrari and McLaren driver. “A warning is appropriate, but in general I like what they do in MotoGP, when the warm-down lap is turned into a real show by some of the riders.

“There should be room for a little fun in Formula 1 too.”

Don’t expect anymore chequered flag burnouts.#SkyF1 #StyrianGP 🇦🇹

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