Verstappen, the hottest young driver in the pit lane, had roared from 16th on the grid to cross the line in third at the Circuit of the Americas with his dramatic last-gasp pass of Raikkonen, the 38-year-old Ferrari driver from Finland.
FIA officials deemed the 20-year-old had left the track while overtaking Raikkonen, thereby "gaining an advantage".
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"The problem is we all spend an awful amount of money going motor racing, and you want it to be consistently refereed and professionally refereed".
Although Horner and Max's father, Jos Verstappen, arguably have been the most vocal in their criticism of the stewards' decision, members of the Red Bull camp aren't the only ones who have taken issue with the sanction.
Lauda said F1 team bosses would discuss stewarding at the next Strategy Group meeting, which is due to be held in the next two weeks.
"They go too far and interfere and there was nothing to interfere with".
Australia's Daniel Ricciardo comes into the race on the back of three straight podium finishes, as he seeks to secure a top three finish in the championship. Unless it is dangerous, the stewards would not interfere.More news: On a desperate night, finally signs of life from the Cubs — MORRISSEY
"For me, it tells us that they know Ricciardo is off", said Sky Sports F1 commentator Martin Brundle. He was off the circuit. "If we start on the front foot, I genuinely believe we can fight for the title if we start closer".
"In any other sport, you are out, then you are out".
"Everybody is running wide, including myself, everywhere".
rodnet1: F1 shoots itself in the foot with such a ridiculous decision after a heroic move. "They didn't even listen to Max's argument".
"The crowd is loving it and then you do something like that on world TV". You cannot have, that is OK to be out there but not OK to be out here. The way they did it is unbelievable. Where do you gain an advantage and not gain an advantage?
E1pix: These things wouldn't happen if all the tracks were bordered by grass as they should be.
Verstappen would have won a lot of new fans with his stirring drive, but the fact he was penalised after the chequered flag had been waved tarnished the only real excitement of the race. Max finished 4 seconds ahead of Kimi.