'Idiot steward killed the race' - Verstappen
22 October 2017 – Max Verstappen has hit out at "one idiot steward", believing they "killed" the race, following his post-race penalty in Austin, and urged fans not to attend next year's event.
Verstappen, having started from 16th position, ran a two-stop strategy, and vaulted into contention for the podium, catching Kimi Räikkönen during the closing stages.
Verstappen grabbed the inside line into Turn 17 on the final lap and netted the position, but was issued with a five-second time penalty, demoting him to fourth, after it was deemed that he cut the circuit.
"It's just one idiot steward up there who makes the decisions against me," Verstappen said.
"[He was] also in Mexico [in 2016, when Verstappen was penalised]. Now I get a five-second penalty and a penalty point, for what?
"At the end of the day, everybody's running wide everywhere, there are no track limits, and then the crowd is loving it and you do something like that in front of world TV...
"You pick someone out from the podium again and tell them to go away.
"At the end of the day, I still had a great race. I'm happy with fourth. Just the way they did it is unbelievable."
Verstappen went on to comment: "You can't protest, it's in the rules. They know how to make the rules. At the moment it's in their favour.
"They decide and you can't do anything against them which is of course really weird. But what can you do?
"It's not good for the crowd. I really hope next year nobody is coming, because like this, the sport doesn't make sense. Everyone is loving it, great action.
"You go five or 10 centimetres in the inside of the kerb, everyone is running wide everywhere, nobody's saying anything, like in qualifying at Turn 19 you could just run wide wherever you liked.
"And they killed the race basically like that."