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GP Week : Issue 234
Two penalties and a set of flat spotted Pirelli's ruined Max Verstappen’s race as the Dutchman left one last blot on his 2015 copybook. It was a sensational debut season for the teenager, who burst onto the scenes and showed himself to be one of the sport’s brightest young stars, but there have been moments where his inexperience has shone through – his mistake at Monaco a case in point. But after having shown such bravery and finess last time out in Brazil, where he muscled his way by Sergio Perez in a move that's a contender for pass of the season, Verstappen fell back to earth with a rather large bump in Abu Dhabi. Having been waved through by teammate Carlos Sainz, Verstappen promptly flat spotted his tyres, forcing an unscheduled stop. As he raced his way back through the pack he showed the clinical aggression which has become his hallmark, putting a solid move on both Sauber drivers at the hairpin. Jenson Button however proved a rather tougher task, refusing to yield and willing to go wheel to wheel with the Toro Rosso driver. The 2009 world champion gained the high ground too, even if he lost the place when Verstappen was ruled to have left the circuit and gained an advantage when the pair went wheel to wheel. He was handed a five second penalty for the incident, which was meaningless in the grand scheme of things given he quickly opened a gap to Button behind. There was one last sting in the tail however as the Stewards decided Verstappen had impeded Lewis Hamilton in the close stages of the race. That resulted in a 20 second penalty, taking his total to 25 seconds worth of penalties, dropping him to 16th. Three penalty points were also added to his license – two for ignoring the blue flags and one for the incident with Button – taking his total to eight. With drivers allowed a total of twelve points over a 12 month period, Verstappen has just four points left. Should be pick up any penalties early in the 2016 the Dutchman would be forced to sit out a race. With a world-class development-stage asset, WTR are on the path to become a major mineral sands producer in Madagascar. CLICK HERE for more information on this ASX-listed company This issue of GPWEEK comes to you with the support of 35 GPWEEK.com // 35 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> ABU DHABI PARTNERS: Mad Max