Charles Leclerc believes Max Verstappen benefitted from not being ordered to let him through after the Ferrari was forced off
Verstappen started well from the dirty side of the grid but slid wide at the first corner, forcing both himself and Leclerc off track. He was later given a five-second penalty by the stewards, which he served at his first pit stop. Leclerc believes the penalty was deserved and that Verstappen came to him to discuss the incident. However, Leclerc suggests that the FIA should have instructed Verstappen to give back the position instead of handing out a time penalty, as it gave Verstappen an advantage in managing his tires. Verstappen agrees that the penalty was the right call in hindsight, but downplays the idea that he gained an advantage by staying ahead. He believes that both options (giving back the position or serving the penalty) would have resulted in a similar time loss.