Formula 1 world rounded on Max Verstappen after Sunday’s Belgian grand prix, insisting the Dutchman is driving too recklessly.
The young sensation recently hit out at Former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve over criticism of his aggressive driving.
Villeneuve gave an interview to motorsport.com and says that the absence of punishment over Verstappen’s dangerous driving suggests the young guy is getting “protection” from the Formula 1 governing body FIA.
Verstappen was asked about the criticism ahead of the Italian GP, and hit back in straightforward style.
“He should watch a little with his statements that someone dies, because he himself has killed someone,” said Verstappen, referring to the race marshal who died at the Australian Grand Prix in 2001 when hit by debris from Villeneuve’s car.
“He has to look at himself. I think what he says is not respectful to the family of the deceased marshal.”
Verstappen getting protection from FIA
“It looks like he’s got protection. They want him to be a star, “said Villeneuve, adding that his problem with what happened at the first corner in Belgium was as much about Verstappen’s reaction than it was about the incident itself.
“Mostly if you had a bad start, just accept it. But that is not what’s bad. It’s after that, he complains about other drivers: ‘They destroyed my race’,” he added.
“Relax, relax. You know you took a big risk [by going up the inside] and it did not pay off. You destroyed their race and you destroyed your own race. That’s fine. That’s life.”