The racing at Spa-Francorchamps has been talked much after the Belgian Grand Prix was over, about the aggressive driving which Kimi Raikkonen feared might have caused an accident if the driver would not have changed his way.
But Max Verstappen defended his driving and said Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel should be ashamed of blaming him for their Turn 1 collision.
Max Verstappen said:
“I think they should be ashamed to cause a crash like that with their amount of experience and then complain about me.
Then they don’t have to make a drama about what happened afterwards. They have to understand I’m not happy with them screwing up my entire race.”
According to Verstappen, the incident at Turn 1 happened due to the fact that Vettel failed to leave enough room for the cars on the inside.
“There was room for three cars. When I got alongside Kimi, he started squeezing me. If Vettel hadn’t turned in and left one more metre of room, we would have all gotten through.
On the video you can clearly see when Vettel turns in, he drives into Raikkonen. And then Kimi’s car bumps into mine.”
And Verstappen’s aggressiveness in the race against both, Raikkonen and Vettel, was because of the incident happened at the first corner.
“If they screw up my race, I’m not going to make it easy for them. I think they should understand that.
I’m not going to say: ‘come on through’. But all that happened after turn one. If turn one hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have been so aggressive and pushed Raikkonen out like that.”
He also believed that he did nothing wrong, he blocked Raikkonen especially because the stewards did not call him up for it.
“I think he had to lift a bit, but the stewards thought it was fine so then it’s all good. It’s like I’m a red rag to a bull for him at the moment. We always seem to get in each other’s way.
Looking ahead to Monza, Verstappen added:
“Then we start again and try to get the best result. Vettel can come and talk to me, but I think he first has to realise what he did in turn one.”