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Sebastian Vettel not impressed with Max Verstappen during Mexico Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel was left frustrated at the end of the Mexican Grand Prix after a heated duel with Dutch racer Max Verstappen. 

The Red Bull driver gained an illegal advantage over Vettel in lap 68 when he cut through the grass to maintain third place in the race. 

In response to the move, the Red Bull team seemed to urge Verstappen to give up his position to the Ferrari driver. 


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But, much to the surprise of viewers, especially Vettel, the 19-year-old held his spot until the end of the race. 

Vettel was absolutely livid with the teenage racer and made his feelings known on the radio, slamming his opponent. 

A twitter video reveals the outburst and the conversation the racer had with the stewards after the conclusion of the race. 

When informed about a possible sanction by FIA director Charlie Whiting, the former World Champion said in hilarious fashion: "Here is a message for Charlie [Whiting]: F*** off! Honestly F*** off!"

It is yet to be discovered if any actions are taken against Vettel for his abusive language over the radio, but his reaction is certainly understandable. 

Also, the 29-year-old made sure to go up to the Dutchman and express his displeasure and thoughts on the matter. 

You can watch the footage below.

It is anyone's guess what sort of exchanges occurred during that encounter. 

At the end of the race, it was confirmed that Verstappen was in fact demoted to fifth place, below Vettel and teammate Daniel Ricciardo, as a consequence of a five-point penalty for his act, which moved the German up to third and a place at the podium. 

However, the German then himself suffered a two-place penalty after the race, pushing him down to fifth, and putting Verstappen into fourth, and Ricciardo into third.

In the greater context of the race, World Champion Lewis Hamilton closed the gap on Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to 19 points after clinching first place.

A second place finish for the German means that he could still comfortably win the Driver's Championship if he manages a second place and a third place finish in the remaining two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi respectively. 

Only a calamitous result for Rosberg and two wins for Hamilton would help the Brit retain his title. 

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