“THIS IS UNNACEPTABLE,” he wrote, before adding below. “Max is an absolutely fantastic driver who has had an incredible season and I have nothing but huge respect for him, but what just happened is absolutely unacceptable. I cannot believe what we’ve just seen.”
When on the Mercedes decision to protest was announced, provisional world champion Verstappen pithily commented: “I think it sums up a little bit the season.”
Other drivers queried the unclear interpretation of the rules, whilst also congratulating Verstappen on finally (for now) toppling Hamilton and Mercedes.
“I’m not too sure what was said from the FIA,” said Lando Norris. “At first we weren’t allowed to overtake the backmarkers.
“So if that influenced decisions, to Mercedes and to Lewis and that’s the reason they didn’t do the pitstop… But then they suddenly the FIA suddenly changed their minds and then they were allowed to let us past. That’s where I’m not so sure.”
Fernando Alonso implied a lack of clarity with the rules also.
“When I passed to unlap myself, I had Lewis in front and Max four cars behind, so obviously [I’m] surprised now to see the reverse order on that classification,” the Alpine driver commented.
“This has been a terrific championship to have two contenders tied on points in the last race and fighting wheel to wheel on the last lap of the last race. This is something unbelievable. So well done to the sport in general and to Max.”
Carlos Sainz was another who was confused by the decision, as he was stranded behind backmarkers and under pressure from Yuki Tsunoda whilst Verstappen and Hamilton scampered off, whilst Charles Leclerc also put more of a positive spin on things.
“What a crazy end to a crazy chairmanship,” said Charles Leclerc. “Until the last race in the last lap. It’s unbelievable, but I think it is the best that F1 could ask. I’m pleased to see that and congratulation to Max, he has been incredible.”