“Don’t Become a Petulant Twit”: World Champion Max Verstappen in the Firing Line Over Unruly Behavior

Published 02/05/2023, 7:15 PM EST

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With his absolutely unapologetic and aggressive driving, Max Verstappen has been an absolute boss in the past few years in F1. And though his efforts have been successful to the maximum level in Formula 1, they haven’t translated to success when it comes to online simulator racing. In fact, the results while working from home have been disastrous.

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Most recently, while racing for Team Redline in the 24 Hours of Virtual Le Mans, the Dutchman and his team encountered several issues, prompting him to lash out at the competition’s organizers. And while many justified the harsh words, including endurance star Brad Philpot, others, including the likes of former Haas driver Romain Grosjean, criticized Verstappen’s remarks. However, it appears that the lash is never-ending.

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The most recent addition to the criticism of Verstappen’s actions comes from former Ferrari and Williams team manager, Peter Windsor. As quoted by Planet F1, in his Twitch stream, Windsor said, “I mean, come on. I’m a Max fan but somebody around him needs to be saying, ‘Max, Max, Max. Stay calm. Stay who you are. Don’t become a petulant twit, because that’s just ridiculous.’”

“A World Champion needs to show a little bit of decorum and a little bit of dignity, and needs to set a bit of an example of not getting angry or upset or frustrated over things other than things to do with his own world – in the cockpit in which he’s racing and the car in which he’s driving.”

This was probably the most vicious attack on Verstappen, and it appears that Windsor doesn’t hold back going against the Dutchman. 

Windsor’s previous criticism of Max Verstappen

Despite claiming to be a fan of Max Verstappen, Windsor has a history of verbally attacking the two-time world champion. He previously commented on the driver’s botched pit stop during the US Grand Prix, where the team’s wheel gun malfunctioned, causing Max to lose the lead.

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As per GPBlog, he commented on Max’s reaction to the 11-second pitstop, “Max was a little aggressive over the team radio. Of course, he was upset, but he is a double world champion, he has secured the championship this year and the race was ahead of him.” 

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“Instead of him saying, ‘Don’t worry guys, we can do this’, it was just, ‘Thanks guys, thanks ****.”

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Manan Goel

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Manan Goel is a Formula 1 author at EssentiallySports. As a literature student at Delhi University, he had been a geek for fiction and a nerd for sports. He claims Sebastian Vettel was his first love after seeing him at the Indian Grand Prix, and he has been a fan of the sport and Red Bull ever since.
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