Verstappen only four points shy of race ban


Max Verstappen is only four penalty points away of a race ban after three more points were added to his total for indiscretions at the Abu Dhabi GP.

The Toro Rosso driver was handed a post-race drive through penalty for ignoring blue flags and holding up Lewis Hamilton during the closing stages of the race.

It meant 20 seconds were added to his time and it resulted in him dropping from P12 to P16 in the final classification while he also picked up two penalty points for the incident.

And it wasn't his only transgression at the Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday as he was also give a five-second penalty and had one point added to his super licence after he overtook Jenson Button off the track.

The three penalty points takes his tally to eight, which means he is only four points away from the 12, which will result in an automatic race ban if accumulated over a 12-month period.

"It wasn’t my day today. The pace was good, especially at the beginning, but it’s a shame that I locked-up my tyres into Turn 8 and therefore had to do an extra stop," the Dutch rookie said. "From there on, my whole race was compromised and I knew it was going to be difficult to end up in the points. 

"At least I enjoyed some last overtakes! It’s been a great season overall, I’ve really enjoyed my rookie season and I think we delivered some strong performances. This team has become already like a second family and I’d like to thank everyone here and at the factory in Faenza and Bicester."