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Max Verstappen

Verstappen calls for F1 to revisit crash damage discussion

It was a disappointing end to the first half of the 2021 F1 season for Max Verstappen as accidents derailed his efforts at the British and Hungarian GP. The Dutchman is hoping to see some rules changed in response.

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Max Verstappen doesn't think drivers should be penalised by damage received in accidents they didn't cause, and he hopes F1 will look into the matter in the future.

The Dutchman had a disappointing end to the first half of his 2021 F1 campaign, crashing out of the British GP and suffering heavy damage to his Red Bull in Hungary that compromised his race.

Verstappen says F1 should take a look at how this matter is dealt with in the future, as he doesn't believe he should be punished for the mistakes of others.

"It's certainly not positive, of course," Verstappen told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "I think that in the future they will have to look at how to approach this.

"Someone runs into you and you sustain damage, so you have to take an extra engine because of the regulations. I don't think that's how it should be.

"There should be a bit more leeway there. You can also say that if the damage is caused by someone else, you can bring in new parts. It wasn't just us, as Ferrari also suffered from that in Hungary.

"That is something to look at in the future. In Formula E, you are allowed to fix damage if it's caused by another driver. That's definitely something to look at, especially when you're so limited with the engines and budget cap."

Verstappen will no doubt be bothered by news that his recently damaged Honda engine, along with that of teammate Sergio Perez, can't be salvaged.

Prior to the news breaking, Verstappen stated that he doesn't know what the team's approach will be regarding when they should introduce a fourth power unit this season.

"I have no idea yet where we will take the penalty, because I just got a new engine, so we are looking at where we can possibly put the new engine if needed," Verstappen added.

"I can't say anything about that at the moment because we don't know yet either."

In our latest video, RacingNews365.com takes a look at how Hamilton and Verstappen stack up in terms of their performances over the first half of the 2021 F1 World Championship.

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