RESULTS: Mexican Grand Prix – Race results
Max Verstappen has slammed Sebastian Vettel's tirade against him following their bitter on-track battle in the closing laps of the Mexican Grand Prix, which resulted in the loss of a podium finish.
The Dutchman was defending against Vettel with three laps remaining when he out-braked himself into turn one and ran across the grass. Mirroring a similar incident for Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race – which went unpunished -, Verstappen held his position to the chequered flag, much to the chagrin of Vettel.
With the Ferrari driver raging over the radio, culminating in him to tell FIA Race Director to 'f**k off', ironically Vettel did get his wish minutes later when Verstappen was given a five-second penalty dropping him to fifth.
POLL: Should Sebastian Vettel be punished for his foul mouthed outbursts?
With Verstappen frustrated to be given a penalty given Hamilton didn't, he was also angry at Vettel's animated reaction, saying he needs to 'go back to school to get some better language'.
“Well I think it's pretty similar to what happened in lap one, corner one, Lewis went off and gained a massive advantage. Nico also went off at Turn 1 when we touched, he also gained an advantage. I didn't even gain an advantage, I was still ahead under braking, when I came back on track I was same length in front, so I think it's ridiculous.
“I don't know how often he's using very bad language in general but I think he has to go back to school or something to get some better language.
“I will speak to him because it's ridiculous the way he's handling it. He's always so frustrated, the whole weekend he's just shouting on the radio. He's just a frustrated guy at the moment.”
Furtherore, Verstappen says there is irony in Vettel's defence of Daniel Ricciardo after he was accused of moving under braking. The tactic was banned from the previous race in Japan, largely because of driver protest – including Vettel – over its use by Verstappen.
“At least I can do it in a good way, because it's ridiculous what he did. Daniel is alongside him and he just turned into him. They touched and then he started shouting on the radio.”
POINTS: The F1 World Championship standings after the Mexican GP
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