Verstappen: Not my problem if people were offended

Michelle Foster
Max Verstappen PA

Max Verstappen PA

Max Verstappen let loose on Lance Stroll in FP2 at the Portimao circuit, afterwards saying it’s not his “problem” if people were offended.

The Red Bull driver and his Racing Point rival crashed during second practice as they vied for track position.

Verstappen made his feelings on the matter very clear.

“Is this f****** guy blind?” he ranted.

“What the f*** is wrong with him? Jesus Christ. What a r*****. I have damage. What a mongol. I swear.”

He added: “He f*** his lap, I’m trying to prepare my lap, and he just f**** my lap by just opening DRS and staying on the normal line.

“No respect. But yeah, doesn’t matter.”

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His choice of words didn’t go down well with all the fans listening.

Verstappen, though, says he doesn’t care.

“Not my problem,” he told Autosport.

Both Verstappen and Stroll were called to the stewards’ office after FP2 but escaped punishment for their antics.

Verstappen added: “To be honest, I don’t want to talk about it too much because I was so surprised.

“He just turned in while I was coming up to him. I don’t know where I had to go.

“I was starting my lap, and he just finished his lap.

“It’s FP2 and it’s just a shame that we touch. It was very unnecessary.”

However, Racing Point team boss Otmar Szafnauer believes the blame belongs solely with Verstappen.

“Max didn’t realise we were driving two fast laps in a row, he shouldn’t have driven there. This is ridiculous. What was he trying to achieve?” he told Sky Sports.

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