Verstappen was at the centre of a clear shift in policy from the FIA this season, after his aggressive last-gasp overtake on Charles Leclerc to win the Austrian Grand Prix was investigated without punishment. At the next race in Britain, Verstappen and Leclerc went wheel-to-wheel again in another fierce fight that ended without either driver being penalised, as the governing body and its stewards began to set new precedents within the rules to allow for harder racing. Verstappen told Motorsport.com: “The thing is, it’s the same in football, isn’t it? You have different refs and some give a yellow card easier than others. It’s the same like that. “Of course, you know, it’s a rulebook. But then still the stewards have a little bit of a say of what you’re actually going to apply. “When you go into like a Champions League match or a Premier League match, the ref can be different. “Sometimes you can get away with a yellow card and then the other ref gives you a red, and you’re like ‘What was going on?’. It’s exactly the same, I think, in Formula 1.” Read Also: Masi defends stewards’ delays on F1 driving offences Why Formula 1’s… Read full this story
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