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Pronunciation to Brazil requires "concessions".

Pronunciation to Brazil requires “concessions”.

( – Max Verstappen is furious. that after the team order affair in Brazil, it seemed he was the villain of the story, who has no regard for the interests of loyal “wingman” Sergio Pérez and is even quite selfish, even refusing orders from the Red Bull team. -This is only a small part of the truth. But that is exactly why the 25-year-old has come under fire from some quarters.

Max Verstappen still won’t talk about what happened before Brazil

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Above all, the social media trolls, who attack not only him but also his family below the waistline, influence Verstappen: “If your sister writes to you that it’s too much now and that you should do something about it, that’s enough. Yes, that It affects me. I will not allow my family to be attacked.”

“I threatened my sister, my mum, my girlfriend and my dad. For me, that goes too far,” Verstappen said angrily. “People don’t even know the facts of what really happened. He definitely needs to stop. If someone has a problem with me, that’s fine. But leave my family alone! This is really unacceptable.”

The two-time world champion makes no secret of the fact that he is not generally social media friendly, although, unlike Sebastian Vettel, he does have an official presence. Instagram (9.4 million followers)And the Twitter (3.1 million) And the Facebook (2.5 million) Works.

Verstappen: Don’t use social media yourself

But after the recent excitement after the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Verstappen says: “I think social media has more disadvantages than advantages.” When asked if he couldn’t simply delete his accounts, he replied, “I don’t care about social media stuff myself anyway. That’s probably a good thing.”

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If this is true, then it was clearly not the same one who recently unfollowed Sergio Perez on Instagram. Everyone could see that Red Bull’s home blessing was crooked massively after Brazil. But then there should have been a discussion between eight eyes: Verstappen, Perez, team boss Christian Horner and Red Bull motorsports advisor Helmut Marko.

What was clarified during the discussion

At least so it was reported that it was agreed that you do not have to love each other passionately, but that it would be in everyone’s interest at least to help each other. This also applies to a potential team request per Perez in Abu Dhabi. Verstappen confirms: “If I can help in any way, I will.”

“I have absolutely no problem with Checo,” he assures. “We talked about everything after Brazil. That was very important to us. The result is that we can now go full blast again. And that we will try to be first and second in the World Cup.”

Red Bull’s ‘Omerta’ stalled: what’s it really about?

One thing remains unchanged on Thursday in Abu Dhabi: both first at the FIA ​​press conference and later on a date with Dutch journalists, where Motorsport Network While in attendance, Verstappen remained stubbornly silent as to why he had refused the team’s application in Brazil.

He made it clear Thursday evening that he did not want to reveal that. So I ask: can you at least tell me whether you now have the same opinion about the ill-fated incident of which you are not speaking? Verstappen nodded: “Yes. In the end we are all on the same page.”

Compared to Abu Dhabi 2021, where Perez fought like a lion for his world title (“Checo is a Legend!”), Verstappen maintains that “nothing” has changed. At least he admits: “Some have had to make compromises. We didn’t all seem to get along from the start.”

After the team’s internal four-way discussion, Red Bull introduced Thursday morning Official statement Outside. Verstappen says: “In the beginning, there was a lot of adrenaline. It was right after the race. But then I let a few days pass, and he thought a lot – including me – and came to a conclusion. Hence this statement by us.”

Verstappen: “I did nothing wrong”

The statement states, among other things, that the team accepts Verstappen’s position. So, a pro-Verstappen statement? “I didn’t do anything wrong,” the Dutchman marveled at the question. “Everyone thinks I’ve done something wrong. I’ve always expressed what’s going on in my head and why I’m not doing it.”

In hindsight, Verstappen admits, one should have talked about this “much earlier”. Which meant that the incident that caused all the chaos must have been a long time in the past. As a reminder: “Monacogate,” if that’s the case, was May 28th — almost half a year ago.