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Spain to 'keep pushing' despite Black Flag as Spithill believes 'aggressive' Robertson was correctly punished

19 AUGUST 2021News
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  • ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix

Phil Robertson insists Spain will continue to push the boundaries in SailGP - even if it makes him and his team 'unpopular' among the competition.

Robertson, Driver for the Spanish team, has established a reputation this season for attempting risky starting manouevers, which have paid off at various times of the campaign but also caught the attention of the umpires.

With such starts discussed between the teams and umpires ahead of last month's Great Britain Sail Grand Prix, it was a surprise to see Spain continue to attempt their speedy manouever in Plymouth.

It wasn't so much of a surprise, however, to see the Spaniards shown SailGP's first ever Black Flag - which resulted in instant disqualifcation from race 3 following protests by both Denmark and the United States.

A huge talking point in SailGP since it occurred, the Black Flag was once again brought up on Thursday morning at the ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix press conference - with Robertson admitting he will continue to push the boundaries of the sport as he is in SailGP to win it.

“I think we have flogged the Black Flag to death now and there might not be any Black Flags left in the world now," began Robertson.

“But everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and if us going out there to win starts is making us unpopular – so be it.

"We are here to win races and win events, and we are going to keep pushing.”

The Kiwi was speaking after US Driver Jimmy Spithill, who has been extremely critical of the Spaniards since protesting the manouver in Plymouth.

He once again stated his belief that Spain deserved the disqualification on Plymouth Sound due to Robertson's 'aggressive' nature behind the wheel - whereas any other team would have been hard done by if punished for the same manouever.

“I haven’t changed my opinion in that if it was any other team it would have been pretty harsh," said Spithill.

"But the fact of what happened in Bermuda when Phil was pretty aggressive and had a few moments like that, I wasn’t surprised."

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