Max Verstappen has insisted his actions at the Japanese Grand Prix were justified and has invited Sebastian Vettel to pass on any advice he has after the Ferrari number one demanded a face-to-face discussion on the the manoeuvre he pulled at Suzuka’s Spoon Curve which proved ruinous to the German’s race.
While Vettel’s charge up through the grid was scintillating viewing for spectators, the German’s aggressive tactics have been questioned, and many Ferrari fans believe the 31-year-old should have been more patient with his overtake and waited for a less risky corner.
Verstappen already had a five-second time penalty that would’ve meant the German would have leap-frogged him in the round of pit-stops anyway.
Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious at Suzuka with a controlled and tactically astute performance and now needs to outscore Vettel by only eight points at the United States Grand Prix to win a fifth world championship.
Vettel has accused the Dutch phenom of not affording him enough room as he pulled up alongside, however, Verstappen countered that there had never been enough room in the first place.
Verstappen has stated the German is yet to make contact, but has confirmed he won’t pay too much attention too anything he has to say.
“He has not called me yet, but I do not have anything to say to him,” Verstappen said.
“It’s great that he calls me, but I cannot do so much with him. He can talk what he wants, but if I do something with it is a different story.”
Verstappen now has three podium finishes in his last five races and seven top-three finishes this season.
The Dutchman’s consistent form and aggressive style of driving have attracted a new wave of fans to the sport, and he will look to finish the season strong in a bid to leap-frog rivals Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen in the Drivers’ Championship rankings.