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It’s really, really stupid – Verstappen

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Max Verstappen expressed his huge disappointment with media as he feels they will not treat Sebastian Vettel in the same way as him following the German’s opening lap collision at the French Grand Prix.

Vettel made collision with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas at turn one of Sunday’s French GP, its resulted damage for both cars, especially Bottas hits major trouble with floor damage, which cost his whole race.

During the post-race press conference – the source Autosport, asked regarding the Vettel’s incident and the tiny penalty he received that allowed him to finish fifth, two places ahead of Bottas.

Verstappen answered jokily, saying: “I think next time you see Seb, maybe you should tell him to change his style, because honestly it’s not acceptable.

“That’s what they said to me in the beginning of the season so I think they should do the same [to him].

“And of course, Seb shouldn’t do anything, and just drive again, and learn from this, and go on.

“That’s my advice to everyone in this room.”

Verstappen’s remarks were misreaded by some as criticism of Vettel.

The Dutchman, who secured the best result of his season with second place in France, has come under a lot of pressure from the media after starting his season with six consecutive race weekends with an on-track incident, and he wants to see Vettel asked the same questions that were posed to him.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Verstappen said: “We are all human. I hope that when we get to Austria the journalists won’t ask him if he’s going to change his approach, because that’s what I’ve heard for so many races and it really annoys me.”

Verstappen said his disappointment was over “all of the stupid comments on social media, journalists”.

“It’s really, really stupid,” he added.

“I’m not going to hold back on it because I really feel like that. You have to learn from mistakes, but you can’t change your approach,” he added.

“You can fine-tune it, but ‘change your style’, all these sorts of things, it’s nonsense.”

Asked regarding getting treated another way when drivers are criticised, Verstappen said: “They shouldn’t do it at all. Mistakes happen, and it happens to the best of us, as you can see today.

“It just makes me angry, because for sure it won’t be as bad on him as it was for me.

“All the time they came to me [saying] that I should change my approach and all these stupid comments.

“But I didn’t change a thing, and now everything is going right. At the end of the day they will never get the last laugh because I know what to do. It’s just annoying.”

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