Max Verstappen bemoans constant disrespect from Sky Sports F1

The Red Bull team took the decision to boycott Sky Sports F1 journalists at the 2022 Mexican Grand Prix


Max Verstappen has hit out at Sky Sports F1, accusing the British broadcaster of constant disrespect regarding his 2021 Drivers’ Championship win, which resulted in a boycott by Red Bull

The boycott began when Verstappen was irked by Sky Sports journalist Ted Kravitz using the word “robbed” in relation to Lewis Hamilton, when referring to the 2021 title race during his Ted’s Notebook show from the US Grand Prix. 

“This year, it’s been a constant, kind of like digging being disrespectful, especially especially one particular person,” Verstappen told the press after the Mexican GP.

“And at one point it’s enough you know, and and don’t accept it. You can’t live in the past, you just have to move on. 

“At the moment, social media is a very toxic place. And if you are constantly being like that live on TV, you make it only worse instead of trying to make it better in the world. 

“You keep disrespecting me. And at one point you know I’m not tolerating it anymore, so that’s why I decided to just stop answering.”

The Red Bull Racing team watch the action during Mexican GP qualifying | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Toxic F1 social media

Delving keeping into the toxic social media atmosphere, Verstappen put it down to the increasing popularity of Formula 1 and the increased coverage it receives as a result. 

“I think it’s just the sport is more popular,” Verstappen said. “So that more people watching. So more people are writing. 

“I think it’s just that it’s not great that they are allowed to write this kind of thing. So I hope we can come up with a kind of algorithm that stops people from being keyboard warriors. 

“Because these kind of people, they will never come up to you and say these things in front of your face. It’s just because they’re sitting in front of their desk or whatever at home, being upset, being frustrated, and they can write whatever they like.

“The platform allows you to and that can be really damaging and hurtful to some people. And it’s it’s not how it should be.”

John Smith
John Smith
Editor at and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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