Max Verstappen brands criticism “a big lie” and blames Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel for ‘destroying’ Belgian GP at Turn 1.
Verstappen made a poor start from second place on the grid, slipping behind Raikkonen on the run down to the first corner. Following the youngster tried to dive down the inside of Raikkonen at turn 1, only for the two to make contact and also tangle with Vettel on the outside.
The clash resulted front-wing damage for Verstappen’s Red Bull and it’s forced him to pit at the end of the first lap, taking a new front wing.
But more severe damage was caused to his floor, costing him over one second per lap for the remainder of the race en route to 11th place at the chequered flag.
Raikkonen finished in ninth, accused Verstappen of forcing him off the track, but the Red Bull driver described the criticism of his defending as “a big lie”.
“I got squeezed. Kimi wanted to turn in. Sebastian did on both of us,” Verstappen told NBCSN following the race.
“Destroyed my front wing and the whole floor. Fans were so great… but unfortunately was not our day.
“We had a car like you could see to finish on the podium. But when other drivers take that away from you, you’re not happy.
“Today everything got destroyed in Turn 1.”