F1: Red Bull’s Teen Driver Cost Ferrari 2 Podium Finishes at Spa
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen believes Red Bull’s teen driver, Max Verstappen will have a “massive accident sooner or later” if he does not change his behavior in on track battles in Formula 1.
The Ferrari driver was furious with Mr. Verstappen for the way he defended on the Kemmel Straight in the Belgian Grand Prix, feeling the teenager moved too late to cover the inside line.
“Maybe it (he) needs an accident before things get more clear to everybody, but hopefully not because it can be bad for somebody and nobody wants to see something like that happen.”
Sebastian Vettel believes the Ferrari Formula 1 team had the pace to finish at least 2nd and 3rd in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix but saw its race hampered following a 1st-corner shunt.
“The problem is that you cannot fit 3 cars in that corner and the inside one is able to trigger trouble on the outside, which is what both Kimi and myself suffered from.”
Mr. Vettel, team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen tried to go side-by-side into La Source at the start, making contact and pitching Mr. Vettel into a spin as well as damaging all 3 cars, Mr. Verstappen’s very aggressive “barge” went unpunished by the racing stewards.
The Ferrari team drivers dropped to the back of the field, with Mr. Raikkonen losing time in the pits when the floor of his car caught fire while the team tried to a fit a new nose.
Mr. Vettel recovered well to finish 6th with Mr. Raikkonen passing Felipe Massa late on to come 9th, but it was a disappointing result considering the team had locked out the 2nd row.
“With a normal race, let’s say we had the pace to finish (at least) 2nd and 3rd,” said Mr. Vettel.
“In the race my car was damaged and I think Kimi’s car was damaged so it wasn’t ideal.
“But it was still very strong – strong enough to recover.”
Mr. Vettel said his car sustained damage in the incident, but was pleased he could still get good pace out of it during the race.
“It damaged the whole right back of the floor, basically the footplate area has completely gone,” he said.
“It felt quite bad when I restarted at the back of the pack after Turn 1.
“I was sure there was damage, but we have to have a good look. There is probably something that fell off.
“Obviously we were lucky to continue because the hit was quite big and we were lucky that we did not have a puncture as well.
“Afterwards the pace was good but the car was damaged.”
Mr. Raikkonen was disappointed with the result, especially considering it is a track he usually runs well at and the fact Ferrari looked stronger than it has done for several races.
“We had a decent car all weekend,” he said. “The end result is not showing that, but it’s pointless to start guessing where we would be in a normal race.
“We had quite a bit of damage on the car, we had a flat front tire which made a fire underneath the car.
“The car has been feeling quite good all weekend.
“Fighting people does not help, but it looked much worse after the 1st lap.
“Two points is not what we were looking for but it’s better than nothing. It’s a shame but that’s how racing goes sometimes.”
When asked by TV crews if he needs to tone down his driving, Mr. Verstappen said: “To be honest, it’s a big lie.
“I’m just defending my position and if somebody doesn’t like it it’s his problem.”
The Italian Grand Prix at Monza is this Sunday, stay tuned…it appears as Young Mad Max has been warned.
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