Today’s press post-race press conference included a bit of a scolding from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the wake of Sebastian Vettel’s first-lap incident. The young Dutchman has come under fire for his erratic racing this season but has turned that criticism into constructive feedback and managed to turn his game around over the last three races. As such, Verstappen had a warning for the media.
“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.”
He may pass it off as it doesn’t bother him but clearly it is present in his mind and he didn’t like getting rebuffed by the team or the press for his overly aggressive style in the beginning of the season.
To be fair to Vettel, Max doesn’t have four world championships and didn’t string a total of five incidents in five races this season so the criticism may be slightly ill-placed. Vettel has had his moments and Sunday was one of them but so has Lewis-admittedly far fewer than he ever used too and that’s been one of the terrific things to watch in Lewis’s career—and Fernando Alonso and others.
I can understand Vettel’s incident on Sunday and there were contributing factors but still, he took the blame and moved on. That also is something Max struggled to do in his five incidents earlier this season. Don’t crow too early, Max, the season isn’t over yet but you’re definitely heading in the right direction as evidenced in the last three races.