F1: Max Verstappen says abuse of household is ‘unacceptable’ following São Paulo Grand Prix


Max Verstappen and Crimson Bull have hit out at on-line threats and abuse leveled on the world champion and his household after he ignored staff orders eventually weekend’s São Paulo Grand Prix.

Verstappen refused his staff’s instruction to permit teammate Sergio Perez by on the ultimate lap of the race in Brazil. Perez stated he beforehand allowed the Dutchman to overhaul on his understanding that his place within the race could be returned.

“I was told to let him by, that I was going to get back the position,” Perez informed Sky Sports activities on the weekend, having earlier stated that Verstappen’s actions confirmed “who he really is.”

Double F1 world champion Verstappen addressed the controversy Thursday, saying: “After that race after all I appeared very dangerous within the media.

“But also they didn’t have the clear picture. To immediately put me down like that is pretty ridiculous. They don’t know how I work within the team and what the team appreciates about me. All the things that I’ve read are pretty disgusting.”

He added that on social media, folks “started attacking my family.”

“They have been threatening my sister, my mum, my girlfriend, my dad. And for me that goes manner too far. When you’ve got an issue with me, that’s wonderful. However don’t go after my household as a result of that’s simply unacceptable.

“When your own sister writes to you that it’s getting way too much and you have to do something about it, I think that says enough,” he added. “And then it does get to me because you cannot attack my family.”

Crimson Bull addressed the feedback in a press release Thursday, saying: “The abusive on-line behaviour in direction of Max, Checo, the Crew and their respective households is surprising and saddening and sadly is one thing that we as a sport are having to deal with with miserable regularity. There isn’t any place for it in racing or society as an entire and we have to do and be higher.

“At the end of the day this is a sport, we are here to race. Death threats, hate mail, vitriol towards extended family members is deplorable. We value inclusion and want a safe space for everyone to work in and enjoy our sport. The abuse needs to stop.”

Verstappen additionally addressed the controversy over the weekend’s race

“It wasn’t about the position … It was about something that happened earlier in the season,” he stated on Thursday.

“I already defined that in Mexico and the staff understood and agreed.

“We went to Brazil and I just thought we were just going to race and try to get the best possible result. We had a bit of a miscommunication on Saturday and Sunday, nothing had been said to me about a potential swap.”

Verstappen and Perez have both confirmed issues have been resolved internally.

Crimson Bull admitted the state of affairs had not been dealt with appropriately and added in its assertion that the problem had been resolved in non-public.

“As a team we made some mistakes in Brazil. We had not envisaged the situation that unfolded on the last lap and we had not agreed a strategy for such a scenario before the race,” the staff stated.

It added that Verstappen was solely informed to surrender place on the ultimate nook “without all the necessary information being relayed.”

“This put Max, who has always been an open and fair team player, in a compromising situation with little time to react which was not our intention,” the assertion continued.

“Following the race Max spoke openly and honestly, allowing for both drivers to resolve any outstanding issues or concerns. The Team accept Max’s reasoning, the conversation was a personal matter which will remain private between the team and no further comment will be made.”

Perez informed Sky Sports activities that the problem had been mentioned internally, including “we are ready to move on as a team.”