Max Verstappen has apologised for his “Brazilian” outburst after called out by Felipe Massa who warned him to “be careful” about what he says.
Angry with the Williams driver after Saturday’s qualifying for the Bahrain GP as he felt Massa had “ruined” his hot lap, Verstappen hit out.
“Well, he’s a Brazilian. So there’s not much to discuss,” he said.
Massa was not impressed.
He told UOL Esporte: “I told him earlier today, ‘Be careful with your words because you will have a Brazilian Grand Prix at the end of year and you will have to race there. So be careful what you say’.
“Without a doubt, it was not right to speak about Brazilians without even knowing what he was talking about.”
Verstappen has now taken to social media to apologise, saying he in no way meant to offend the Brazilian people.
“I feel like I need to clarify my remarks that were made after this weekend’s qualifying session,” he wrote on Instagram.
“Being a passionate racer, I was very disappointed with my last stint and gave an emotional reaction that was taken out of context.
“By no means did I mean to insult the Brazilian people who I greatly respect and are always very nice to me when I visit the country.
“One of the highlights of my career was last years Brazilian GP and it was extra special to do this in the country that brought us legendary drivers such as Senna, Fittipaldi and Piquet.
“I would like to apologise to any Brazilians that feel offended and look forward to racing in your country again.”