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Max Verstappen calls Sebastian Vettel's outburst ridiculous

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The Mexican Grand Prix ended in heated fashion as Sebastian Vettel went into a frenzy of angry rants on the radio after being frustrated by Max Verstappen. 

The German's outburst included unfriendly remarks about both Verstappen as well as FIA director Charlie Whiting.

In response to Vettel's meltdown, the Red Bull driver suggested that his opponent should "go back to school" in order to learn more appropriate language. 


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Following an incident where the Dutchman seemed to cut across the grass to maintain third position ahead of the German in lap 68, the 19-year-old refused to give up his place, despite the Red Bull team urging him to do so. 

Not only did this keep Vettel in fourth spot, but it also allowed Verstappen's Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo to almost overtake the four-time World Champion, with the pair almost colliding when the Ferrari driver seemed to move under braking. 

Verstappen claimed the experienced driver's demeanour on the radio as "ridiculous" and has asked the German to seek out language classes. 

The teenage racer stated: "I don't know how often he's using very bad language in general but I think he has to go back to school or something to get some better language. 

"I will speak to him because it's ridiculous the way he's handling it. He's always so frustrated, the whole weekend he's just shouting on the radio. He's just a frustrated guy at the moment."

In response to Vettel's previous claims of Verstappen also moving while breaking, the Dutch driver said: "I saw the footage already.

"At least I can do it in a good way, because it's ridiculous what he did. Daniel is alongside him and he just turned into him. They touched and then he started shouting on the radio," also commenting on the German's near collision with Ricciardo during the closing stages in Mexico.

Despite finishing the race in third place, Verstappen was deducted five seconds due to the earlier incident involving him and Vettel, moving him below the Ferrari driver as well as Ricciardo into fifth place.

It was then later confirmed that Vettel suffered a penalty, which took him from third to fifth, pushing Verstappen up into fourth.

However, the young driver pointed out a similar move by Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the first lap where both went wide but were not penalised for it. 

Verstappen commented: "I think it's pretty similar to what happened in lap one, corner one, Lewis went off and gained a massive advantage. Nico also went off at turn one when we touched, he also gained an advantage.

"I didn't even gain an advantage, I was still ahead under braking, when I came back on track I was same length in front, so I think it's ridiculous."

Hamilton reached the chequered flag in first place, closing the gap on teammate Rosberg, who finished second, to 19 points. 

But, with only two races remaining - in Brazil and Abu Dhabi - the German just needs a second place and a third place finish, provided Hamilton wins both encounters. 

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