F1 young speedy, Max Verstappen explained his irritable outbreak in Singapore last week by saying his dad [Jos Verstappen]would have given him a “kick in the nuts” if he had meekly obeyed team orders.
The Toro Rosso duo Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz were running behind seventh-placed Force India’s Sergio Perez during the final stages of the Singapore race when Verstappen was ordered to move aside for Sainz so that the Spaniard can have a chance to attack Perez.
But, Max replied with a simple “no” and went on to finish P8 with his team-mate ninth, even as the young has also received the support of team principal Franz Tost.
“My approach will not change,” Sainz is quoted as saying by Autosport.
“I know more what Max is about. He likes to play a bit more of maybe a ‘bad boy’ role and I kind of knew this, but now he has demonstrated it.
“Towards the team [my approach] is not going to change. If they call something I will trust them. I’m a team player.
“I think I behaved, when I need to be selfish I will be, but so far I’ve not had the opportunity or situation to show selfishness because I trust them and every time they’ve called for swaps I’ve done it.
“Malaysia in the last stint when Max overtook me, it was not an overtake.
“I let him by and everyone on the news was like ‘oh what a great move’ and I was like ‘please, I let him by’.
“Then in Monaco, when he was behind Seb [Vettel] and I moved out after the Rascasse and he went through, it was because he was on the super-soft.”
But Verstappen joked that his father and manager, ex-F1 driver Jos, would have kicked him where it hurts had he obeyed team orders at Marine Bay.
“Yep, he told me if I had let him past he would have kicked me in the nuts!” he said. “If you’re one lap down and you manage to be back in the points as the leading Toro Rosso, then for me there is no reason to switch positions.
“After the second time I made it quite clear I didn’t want to do it, and at the end they told me it was the right decision. I’ve spoken to (Sainz) a little bit — there’s no problem.”