Verstappen was previously fined €50,000 for inspecting Lewis Hamilton's rear-end, violating parc ferme regulations during the Brazilian Grand Prix. In the same race, Hamilton “undid his seat belts on the in-lap at the end of the race,” the FIA stewards said in a written ruling. However, the amount of their fines are completely different, as Hamilton had to pay €5,000 for the incident with a further €20,000 to be paid until 2022.
This comparison triggers quite a response from Verstappen.
“I’m not allowed to touch a rear wing anymore, that’s for sure. If you do, you have to pay a big fine, but apparently, it’s cheaper to drive without the belts. So I’ll think about it,” he said in an interview with DAZN.
Aside from this clash of contrasting infringements, the pair have been battling each other throughout the entire season. With just two races to go, Verstappen holds a slim 8-point lead and aims to win his first F1 world championship over Lewis Hamilton. On the other hand, Mercedes as a team is leading via a small margin of 5 points in the constructor's title.