Max Verstappen admitted his frustration with media members after comments he made about Sebastian Vettel’s French Grand Prix crash.
Vettel collided with Valtteri Bottas at the first corner in the French GP, which subsequently damaged both cars, forcing them into the pits before the Ferrari driver fought back to finish fifth.
In the post-race press conference, Verstappen was joined by Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen, where they were all questioned about Vettel’s crash and the penalty he received.
Verstappen saw light in the incident, as he replied: “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].”
Verstappen’s intended lighthearted comments were received as criticism of Vettel, which led to the Red Bull racer hitting out at media members who misinterpted his response, as he revealed his frustration with journalists.
Verstappen said his frustration was over ‘all of the stupid comments on social media, journalists.’
“It’s really, really stupid,” he said. “I’m not going to hold back on it because I really feel like that.”
Verstappen further targeted the media as he suggested Vettel would not be criticised the way he once was following a run of incidents at the start of 2018, which left the 20-year-old under scrutiny with suggestions being made he should change his approach.
“I hope that in Spielberg they will ask Seb if he intends to change his approach to racing,” Verstappen said.
“Everyone makes mistakes, even the best. But it makes me angry that they do not speak about him as badly as they spoke about me.
“I was constantly harassed by those stupid questions. It’s good that everything is back in order now.”