Sebastian Vettel was furious in the final stages of the Mexican Grand Prix after Max Verstappen refused to give up third place late in the race.
The tight battle between Vettel and Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Verstappen was the climax of the race with the three fighting for the final place of the podium towards the end of the race.
But, the young sensation Verstappen’s moves didn’t encourage the four-time champion Vettel.
Vettel: “Move, move for f—s sake. He’s a is a ****, that’s what he is”
Vettel: “I mean, am I the only one or are you not seeing what I’m seeing!? He’s just backing me off into Ricciardo [****].”
Following the Ricciardo Incident
Vettel: “Honestly, I’m going to hit someone I think I have a puncture, rear left.”
Race engineer Riccardo Adami: “Tyres are fine, tyres are fine.”
As he crossed the line, Ferrari tried to calm the German down again, only for Vettel to launch into an surprising outburst about FIA race director Charlie Whiting, who was about to issue Verstappen a penalty. …
Ricciardo Adami: “Charlie said… Charlie said…”
Vettel: “You know what, here’s the message to Charlie: f–k off! Honestly f–k off.”
Ferrari F1 team boss Maurizio Arrivabene then stepped in to calm Vettel down.
Vettel: “He has to give me the position. End of the story.”
Arrivabene: “Sebastian, Sebastian, calm down, calm down. They are under investigation. I know that it is not fair but calm down. Put your head down and we talk afterwards.”
Vettel: “OK, copy Maurizio.”