During qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday, 21-year-old Max Verstappen blamed his Formula 1 competitor for behaving like w******. As the session drew to a close at the Shanghai International Circuit, Max was unable to set a final lap after he failed to cross the line in adequate time.
The Dutchman was passed by the Renault pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel as he prepared for his last shot at improving his grid position. Verstappen yelled,”They are such w******, honestly” After being urged to speed up by his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase.
He then went ahead his foul-mouthed outburst by blasting his rivals, apparently directing his anger to Hulkenberg, Vettel and Ricciardo, he said they were just trying to be nice but everybody meshed it up.
Silver Arrows racer Valtteri Bottas lines up on pole for the first time since the Russian Grand Prix last October. Verstappen will start fifth, behind both Mercedes and Ferrari cars, after another tough qualifying session for the highly-rated racer.
Verstappen claimed drivers should not overtake one another as they gear up for their speedy laps while speaking to Dutch TV. He also vowed to gain revenge the next time he qualifies for a race. Verstappen said that they were just staying neatly behind each other, but at a certain point Vettel passed him and the two Renaults as well.
Vettel defended his actions by saying:
“Everybody timed it around the same, so we all left for same spot. If you were at end of train, which I was, it was difficult. Max however refuted by saying, “So they f***** up my entire build up. There is an unwritten rule that you just follow each other. From now on in qualifying, I’m going to f*** them up as well.”
Max stated that when they said he only had 10-second margin, he had to think of something and did not know if others weren’t told. If everyone sped up, they would have all made it. Max prioritized at that moment to make that up. It felt like others were not aware.
Verstappen was sentenced to two days of public service by Formula 1’s governing body after he shoved Esteban Ocon three times following the conclusion of last November’s race in Brazil.
The Red Bull driver was warned about his future conduct by the FIA as he was furious that the Frenchman had cost him victory following their crash.