Race direction decisions: Verstappen sees parallel with football

(Motorsport-Total.com) – The referee is often at the center of many sports because of his decisions. The anger of the people involved is often very great when a bad decision is made and a disadvantage arises for the own team. Finding the right balance in Formula 1 is just as difficult, as in football, according to Max Verstappen.

Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc

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The personal perception of stewards naturally plays an important role, because they have to make an informed decision quickly with the available images. The personal line, which differs between the keepers of the rules, plays a major role in the decision-making process.

"It's like football, isn't it?" Verstappen told Motorsport-Total.com. "There are different referees there and some of them draw a yellow card faster than the others. It is the same here. Of course there are the rules, but the commissioners have the possibility to decide what must be done."

No uniform line possible

Verstappen also sees a difference in different mentalities and nationalities and draws a parallel with the sport, in which the round must be drawn in a corner: "In the Champions League, the referee can be very different from that of ; a Premier League match (where the referees generally allow the game to run more; editor's note) ".


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"Sometimes you get away with a yellow card, others give you a red card and you ask yourself," What's going on here? "" This is exactly how the drivers of the first class should feel, where the different race directors have different lines in their rules. drive.

Michael Masi, the successor to the late ex-race director Charlie Whiting, loosened the leash a bit in Formula 1 and gave the drivers more freedom. A black and white flag was introduced to serve as a yellow card. However, this has only been used once in Italy against Charles Leclerc.

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As the stewards turn, Verstappen realizes that to some extent there can be no consistency in the decisions. "It's okay," said the Dutchman. "If you are on the wrong side, the punishment is always wrong. If you have done something really wrong, you can accept it."


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In decisions 50/50, Verstappen always predicts problems because the driver will fight back. He says: "It is not easy for the officials. I was on the racing track in Formula E and I saw them punish. They really don't want to. But sometimes they just have to do it because that's how the rules are. "