Max Verstappen slams Valtteri Bottas for ‘dangerous’ and ‘unnecessary’ overtaking moves during Baku F1 qualifying for the European Grand Prix.
Tomorrow Verstappen will start from ninth on the grid. The Dutch teenager reserved much of his frustration for Bottas after the Finnish driver twice battled with him for position into the first corner, once in Q2, then again during the dying stages of Q3 after the red flag.
“It was dangerous what he was doing. Dangerous and unnecessary and not clever” Verstappen said
“I’m preparing for my timed lap and I understand he wants a tow, but there was not one point where he was able to overtake me and brake in a normal position, so I lose my lap and he also destroys his own lap.
“I can understand it happens once, ‘OK, the top speed is not too bad, there’s no chance to do this’ but then to do it again in Q3 – yeah, I don’t get it.”
Described about the first incident, Verstappen added: “He was locking up, so I was like ‘maybe he’s going to hit my side’ so it’s better to go wide.
“But again you lose that set [of tyres], I have to come in, I had only one run in Q2, so it’s all just very difficult.”
When asked if he would speak to Bottas, he said: “No. I don’t need to be the person to go to him, he should come to me. For me, it’s fine. Hopefully he learns from it.”
Bottas said “he wasn’t planning to” speak to Verstappen either.
“He lost something but he needs to understand I was also fighting for my track position and my qualifying result and it can happen,” he added.
Red Bull chief Christian Horner echoed Verstappen’s anger, describing Bottas’ actions as “inexplicable”.