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Verstappen: Ferrari duo should be "ashamed"

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29/08/2016

Rather than reporting a glorious victory, the Dutch media is today having to report the fact that despite his best efforts Max Verstappen left Spa-Francorchamps without a single point, despite starting from the front row for the first time ever in his F1 career.

Ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, where the media is likely to be a little more understanding of Messrs Vettel and Raikkonen, thereby whipping the tifosi into a frenzy, Verstappen has told the Dutch media that the Maranello duo should be ashamed of their actions yesterday.

"I think they should be ashamed to cause a crash like that with their amount of experience and then complain about me," said the Red Bull driver.

"They don't have to make a drama about what happened afterwards," he continued. "They have to understand I'm not happy with them screwing up my entire race.

"There was room for three cars," he said of the first corner clash that effectively ended all three drivers' hopes. "When I got alongside Kimi, he started squeezing me. If Vettel hadn't turned in and left one more metre of room, we would have all gotten through.

"On the video you can clearly see when Vettel turns in, he drives into Raikkonen. And then Kimi's car bumps into mine."

The youngster then admits to being overly aggressive later in the race, admitting the incident at La Source had left him angry and frustrated.

"If they screw up my race, I'm not going to make it easy for them. I think they should understand that," he warned. "I'm not going to say: 'come on through'.

"If Turn 1 hadn't happened, I wouldn't have been so aggressive and pushed Raikkonen out like that," he admitted. "He had to lift a bit, but the stewards thought it was fine so it's all good.

"It's like I'm a red rag to a bull for him at the moment. We always seem to get in each other's way."

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1. Posted by Pavlo, 30/08/2016 13:24

"Well, if he says that in La Source "the stewards thought it was fine so it's all good", he has to admit that in Turn One Vettel did all fine and Max finishing out of points is all good for his drive :)
The reason why he didn't get in the big accident yet is that other drivers incl. Kimi don't really respect him and know that he can do a stupid thing. Normally drivers expect others to be reasonable, and with such respected drivers it normally ends up like Massa&Perez in Canada, Alonso&Gutierres in Australia, Niko&Lewis in Spain etc.
And I would have probably believed he was upset about T1, but the problem is that he is driving such style much before. This was not a bit different from what he did in Hungary.

What is really annoying for me, I really enjoy his talent and support him, but now he sounds too much like Kvyat before Russian GP."

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2. Posted by gturner38, 30/08/2016 2:35

"Looking at the first turn incident, Vettel definitely turned in, but I honestly don't think he could see Verstappen. He thought he only had to leave room for Kimi. I'm also not sure Max could have pinched the turn tightly enough to go three wide on the exit, so it's a racing incident. What I saw afterwards was a driver show utter disregard for track limits in trying to limit his time losses and causing others to lose time as a result. I understand Max arrived at Eau Rouge with no knowledge that he lost all of his front downforce, but he knew it the other four times he ran wide on that lap or when he pushed

As for the other incidents, a lack of a call at turn one doesn't make it okay to push anther driver of track or weave around defensively at one of the fastest points in any F1 circuit. If the blame for turn one rests with Vettel it doesn't explain retaliating against Raikkonen given that of the three Kimi was the one with the least blame. It sure doesn't explain hitting Perez."

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3. Posted by Burton, 29/08/2016 17:57

"@DJ compared to previous races it seemed stewards weren't even there. But, even if I'd personally put the blame of the first lap incident 95% on Vettel's shoulders, it's the very first corner of the race and it's downhill; it's not completely unreasonable to not be so strict about it.

As for Max, admitting he was pushing Kimi out in retaliation for something else? That's completely out of line and the powers that be should have a word with him. It's completely insane."

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4. Posted by DJ, 29/08/2016 16:18

"Vettel turned into Raikkonen and pushed him into Verstappen. I believe that Vettel caused the collision but what really irritated me was the lack of action from the stewards. Vettel was blatantly guilty of causing a collision but nothing happened. Is it because he drives for Ferrari?? Is it because he's a past world champion?"

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5. Posted by -ape-, 29/08/2016 15:59

"I remember Senna hitting Eddie Irvine in the face because Eddie unlapped himself and Senna did not like that , even crashing Prost off the track to get him out of the championship
Alonso pushing a competitor off track in the fast Parabolica.
Let's talk about young Schumacher ,
Drivers were not aggressive in the past. LOL"

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6. Posted by nonickname, 29/08/2016 14:18

"He arrogant as well as stupid.In those good old days someone would have taken him behind the pits and given him a good hiding. Actually the the good old days he would not have tried because he would know the price of an accident. Now he can drive like he is in the simulator."

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7. Posted by jasman, 29/08/2016 13:46

"Maybe it wasn't such a good idea to move the start finish back around La Source from the downhill straight. There have been a remarkable number of retirements from first lap "coming togethers" since then."

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8. Posted by mickl, 29/08/2016 13:19

"I think the first corner incident was more a racing incident with Vettel carrying some of the blame and should have been more circumspect and shouldn't have turned in so sharply especially on the first corner of the race.

Max is showing his petulant teenager side in this incident because if he carries on with that kind of defensive tactics he and A N Other driver is going to have a big accident in the future. Brundle was right in the post race comments. He needs to pick his fights and not think 'I'M GOING TO HAVE THAT PLACE BACK...RIGHT NOW' mentality."

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9. Posted by TokyoAussie, 29/08/2016 13:05

"Oh dear, not another one. VES in the wrong here, and not the 2 Ferrari drivers, both of whom are world champions. Red Bull needs to nip this in the bud, pronto.

The kerb at the 1st corner is so wide that VES was completely off the track, in addition to not being fully alongside RAI. This isn't even grey for mine. VES completely out of order. It's one thing to try the move, but another thing altogether to start blaming world champions for your own cockup."

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10. Posted by F One, 29/08/2016 12:39

"Someone needs to put him in his place! Who does he think he is?"

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