'There were many people complaining' - Verstappen reacts to rule change

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Max Verstappen has confirmed a change to Formula One's regulations, relating to changing direction under braking, was sparked by complaints from many of his fellow drivers. 

Verstappen's driving style has prompted increasing controversy this season, the Red Bull driver angering a number of his rivals with defensive 'blocking' moves.

On Saturday, ahead of the United States Grand Prix, teams were informed of a revision to racing regulations, in a note that stated: "Article 27.5 of the Sporting Regulations states that '...no car may be driven...in a manner which could be potentially dangerous to other drivers...'.

"Furthermore, Article 27.8 prohibits any manoeuvre '...liable to hinder other drivers, such as...any abnormal change of direction'.

"With this in mind, and with the exception of any move permitted by Article 27.6, any change of direction under braking which results in another driver having to take evasive action will be considered abnormal and hence potentially dangerous to other drivers. Any such move will be reported to the stewards."

The change in regulations followed Friday's drivers' meeting in Austin, which reportedly saw various drivers call for action to be taken.

Verstappen told Sky F1: "There were many people complaining.

"I think it's just a new way of racing. I think everybody needs to get used to it, but now they've put a rule on it, and we get on with it."

The Dutchman was also quoted by the BBC as saying: "It's good to make it clearer what's allowed and what's not.

"I'm just going to race and then we will see how it is going to be defending and how it will affect the racing."

Verstappen will start the US GP from fourth, behind team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and an all-Mercedes front row headed by Lewis Hamilton.