Max Verstappen has explained why he decided to unfollow Red Bull and Honda on social media before following them again.
But Verstappen’s timing to stop following both his team and their engine manufacturer caused a stir, especially since it was around the time when Honda announced that they would leave Formula 1 at the end of the 2021 season.
As it turned out, there was nothing sinister behind his decision, but the drama it created caused Verstappen to follow both Red Bull and Honda again.
“That was a few weeks ago. Because I wasn’t in the mood to read the Formula One news anymore, that’s why,” he is quoted by Motorsport.com.
“So I don’t know how people can relate things. I think it’s to create some drama or something. This is crazy nonsense.
“Yes, I have notifications on my phone all the time. Marked here, marked there… I really don’t need to know what’s in those videos. Classification here, classification there… I’m not in Formula One for that. So I thought, you know what, when I’m on Instagram, I’m going to follow other sports. I’m in the paddock every week anyway, so it’s better that way.”
Although coming off social media would be a way to escape all these notifications, instead the Dutchman has decided to just ignore what pops up.
“I can choose not to open it if I want to, so it’s not that hard,” he explained.
“But at one point, there was so much drama that I thought, ‘well, let’s follow them again’ and then I’m not going to look at Instagram and all that stuff anymore, that’s fine too.”
After a solid P2 finish and very strong showing in qualifying at the Eifel Grand Prix, Verstappen and Red Bull now head to Portimao for the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Mercedes will be presented with their first opportunity to secure a seventh Constructors’ Championship in a row depending on Red Bull’s performance.
If the Austrian outfit fail to score points then P1 and P3 will be good enough for Mercedes, but if the Silver Arrows take a one-two finish and the fastest lap bonus point, then Red Bull need at least five points to mathematically stay in the picture.