After complaining that the Williams veteran spoiled his qualifying lap in Bahrain, youngster Verstappen said he would not be seeking Massa out for talks.
“He is Brazilian, so there is not much to talk about,” Dutchman Verstappen was quoted as saying.
But after hearing about Verstappen’s comments, Massa said he sought the teenager out for talks.
“I told him ‘Be careful with what you say, because you still need to go to Brazil to race there. Be careful what you say’.
“For sure it’s wasn’t right to talk about Brazilians without knowing what he’s talking about,” Massa told UOL Esporte.
The war of words between Massa and Verstappen actually dates back to Monaco two years ago, when the 35-year-old Brazilian suggested the youngster is “dangerous”.
Massa said he also did not appreciate Verstappen’s complaints about his driving in Bahrain qualifying.
“I didn’t even stop him,” Massa insisted. “Maybe I was the scapegoat because he couldn’t get ahead of his teammate, so someone had to be to blame.
“It was the same between me and Hulkenberg, but did you see one complaining about the other?”
Brake failure costs Verstappen podium chance in Bahrain
The Dutch F1 youngster, Verstappen believes Red Bull missing a big points hunting chance at the Bahrain Grand Prix as a result of the brake failure on his car.
Max Verstappen believes Red Bull lost out on a big haul of points at the Bahrain Grand Prix as a result of the brake failure on his car.
“It’s not a very nice feeling if you hit the pedal and the pedal just goes very long and you cannot stop the car properly,” Max said.
“But unfortunately that’s part of racing as well.”
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) April 16, 2017
“Yeah, we lost a lot of points, especially at the moment with the state the car is, we should have taken a lot of points, and a bit unfortunate,” Verstappen said.
“I think if the pit stop was right and the right call, we would have ended up second after that lap, so that’s very good. But yeah, it was not meant to be.”