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On the Verstappen and Leclerc incident

I’ll get to my opinion in a second, but I was actually surprised by the poll results showing on F1's website.

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I was expecting to to be split or more in favor of “no penalty”.

I’m actually in the “deserving of a penalty” camp. This incident seems to be much more deserving of a penalty than the Vettel one (Vettel did not seem to have complete control of the car yet when he moved to “block” Hamilton).

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In this case the cars were wheel to wheel (i.e. neither had the lead position) and as far as I know the written and unwritten rules are that space must be left on the track when neither car is clearly ahead.

I think Max had a hell of a race and probably would have passed Leclerc by the end of the race anyways, but the move he did choose was a bit too aggressive and ambitious.

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