Verstappen predicts more problems on the horizon after Alonso mishap

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Two-time F1 world champion Max Verstappen expects there to be more grid box penalties handed out this season as visibility for drivers is “really poor”.

Verstappen’s comments come after both Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso were penalised for grid box infractions, with Ocon too wide of his slot in Bahrain and Alonso too far to the left of his slot in Saudi Arabia.

Both drivers picked up five-second penalties, with Ocon later branding it “stupid”. And when asked about the incident with Alonso in Saudi Arabia, Verstappen said: “I haven’t seen how much he was out of his box.

“It is painful when it happens but it’s a bit the same with the white line with track limits. Sometimes you argue: did you gain anything going wide or not, going outside of it?

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“I think at one point we do need a rule. It looks really silly if people start to take advantage of going really left and right but yeah, I didn’t know what we can do better.

“The visibility is just really poor in the car, that is I think, probably the main issue where you end up sometimes not fully, correctly in your box.”

Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez delivered a similar assessment, claiming that sometimes it is just down to “luck” whether drivers are able to position themselves correctly. “It’s really difficult just to see where you’ve stopped,” Perez said.

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“I think, in my opinion I just overdid it and I stopped too early, but you have no idea when you are in the car. You don’t know if you went too far or from behind or too far forward.

“So I think it’s something… we need better visibility to be able to come up with a better idea than we currently have it. It’s good that there is a rule in place, but at the same time, sometimes it’s like luck, to be honest, where you position yourself.”

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