Max Verstappen: It is unfair to hate Michael Masi after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Max Verstappen said he did not expect to change his approach to wheel-to-wheel racing even if Formula 1 officials keep to their current line.

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

With emotions running high this past race weekend, fans witnessed the first ever Dutch world champion being crowned when Max Verstappen edged past Lewis Hamilton. Although the former’s triumph celebrations were brought to an abrupt halt when arch rivals Mercedes officially protested against the controversial decision made by Michael Masi, keeping in mind what was at stake. 

With that issue being settled now, Max Verstappen can breathe a sigh of relief as he has less drama to handle, after a year full of it. Now, when the Dutchman was in an exclusive interview with BBC where he spoke about his driving critics and Michael Masi. To those who are not aware, the 24-years-old was often criticized for having a rather ‘aggressive’ approach. This time around, Verstappen did comment upon it. 

What was opinionated by Max Verstappen? 

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen said he did not expect to change his approach to wheel-to-wheel racing even if Formula 1 officials keep to their current line that he is not allowed to force drivers off the track when trying to attack or defend. 

Probably not because maybe I just have to make them realise, being forceful,” Verstappen said. “I have a very good relationship with them. When I’m in there [the stewards’ office], it’s not like I don’t like them. I go to them and we have a good chat and we talk about it and it doesn’t go into my favour. It’s not like I then dislike them or whatever; I just don’t agree with what they decide. 

Red Bull and Mercedes
Red Bull and Mercedes

“From my side, I’m like: ‘Well, that’s how I race and that’s how I think it’s fair but I don’t agree with that particular decision.'” 

And he said he felt for race director Michael Masi, who has been heavily criticized for his handling of the race and a series of inconsistent decisions this year, and who is under pressure in his role. 

Michael Masi on Toto Wolff claims
Michael Masi

“It’s a really tough job he has,” Verstappen said. “People say maybe he needs help. Yeah, fair point. Everyone needs help. I need help as well. Michael is a nice guy and he tries his very best and it’s very unfair to now start hating on him because it is a very tough job.” 

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