Verstappen: Spa is now gone so we will focus on Monza
Max Verstappen revealed that he did not receive a warning, from F1 race director Charlie Whtiting, for his antics during the Belgian Grand Prix when he met with hom on the first day of the Italian Grand Prix weekend.
Verstappen said of the meeting, “We had a chat about what happened at Spa. I prefer to do it there with Charlie instead of in the media or in the drivers’ briefing.”
Asked by media if he was given a warning by Whiting, Verstappen replied, “No. Like I said we had a chat about it, but Spa is now gone and we are in Monza now so we will focus on Monza.”
Verstappen was seventh fastest, as the Red Bulls trailed the Ferrari duo in FP2, suggesting that he will be chasing Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel who he clashed with at Spa-Francorchamps.
“We know this is going to be a more difficult weekend for us,” predicted the 18 year old. “I think at the end though we are not too bad, it is just difficult.”
Verstappen’s race tactics, his defensive moves in particular, have split opinions across the paddock and even on the grid.
Detractors have been plentiful, but support for him has come from the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.
F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone weighed in with his opinion and told Sky, “We need people to race and it’s really how silly the new regulations have stopped the racing.”
“Don’t go over the white line. Don’t do this. Don’t do that. Start at the back of the grid because you’ve changed this part. It’s all mad,” added Ecclestone.