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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

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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.”

5 COMMENTS

  1. I would say it to anybodies face if they took a fake world championship title from a fake finish, verstappen knows the rules about lapped cars passing the safety car, Verstappen also knows the race should have finished under a safety car with Lewis in the lead to collect his 8th World championship title, Christian Horner was having a tantrum, got on the phone to Michael Masi, stamps his feet on the ground I want I want I want, that’s what Christian Horner got the world championship title, breaking many rules of F1 to get his first world championship title. Verstappen have only won 1 World Championship title and it’s this year’s title not 2021, that still belongs to Lewis Hamilton

  2. Well articulated Peter !
    I second what you have said and anyway you look at it the man was robbed.
    This ill earned title will never sit well with Verstappen and he knows it .
    It’s a sham .
    I’ve been following F1 for 35 years and I have totally lost respect for the FIA and what it stands for .
    They have ruined the integrity of the sport. Don’t get me wrong it was never perfect but it wasn’t this !!!

    • You the same if you have been following F1 for this long you should no this even more The Best Driver all season long wins the championship it’s not just on one race and one lap also you should you if you are following it for so long it’s a RACE not a safety car racing there was no need for the safety car to stay out much longer than it did it went in and one lap racing left there was why didn’t Mercedes pit Hamilton and put new tires on like Red Bull did because his team messed up his winning chance watch the race again

  3. Max was the Best Driver in 21 do your homework the win driver championship is over all the race’s the hole season not just on one race and one decision it’s F1 a race should be finished racing not behind a safety car So it was a one lap shoot out and the Best Driver of the Season Won sour grapes you have and it’s exactly what he says you sit behind a computer and hide and say whatever you want

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