Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has accused his critics of having double standards, The comments come on the back of Sebastian Vettel’s collision with Valtteri Bottas‘ Mercedes. The incident took place at the start of the French GP at the first corner.
Verstappen was one of the many benefactors of Vettel and Bottas’ demise, finding himself in second. From then onwards, he stuck behind race winner Lewis Hamilton for the rest of the race.
The Dutchman has been subjected to a lot of media scrutiny at the start of the season. He had made a string of mistakes, resulting in crashes and subsequent criticism. An incensed Verstappen made his feelings clear after the race.
“I hope when we get to Austria that the journalists ask him if he will change his approach because that is what l heard for so many races. It really annoyed me and was stupid to ask,” Verstappen said. “I’m getting annoyed about it.”
While the 20-year old avoided criticising Vettel for his error, he was not in a merciful mood regarding his critics.
“Mistakes happen and they happen to the best of us. But it makes me angry because they won’t be as bad on him as they were on me. All the time they came to me on how l should change my approach and these stupid comments. I didn’t change a thing and now everything is going right.”
Since getting taken out in Baku by team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, Verstappen has finished three of the last four races on the podium. In Monaco, he had a practice crash, putting him at the back of the grid. But he recovered well to finish ninth-place.
“I focus on my myself, but all these stupid comments you read on social media and journalists, it’s really stupid,” complained Verstappen. “I am not going to hold back on it.”