Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen has taken aim at Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen after the three drivers made contact at the beginning of the Belgian Grand Prix.
Verstappen didn’t have the best of starts from second on the grid as the two Ferrari’s passed his Red Bull on the short run to La Source. Attempting to make up lost ground, Verstappen dived on the inside of the hairpin where he made contact with Raikkonen’s Ferrari.
This sent Raikkonen wide into his team mate, spinning Vettel and causing damage to the floor of the Ferrari, sending the German to the rear end of the grid.
Speaking after the race, Verstappen conceded he made a poor start but pointed the finger at the Ferrari drivers for not leaving him enough room.
“Yeah of course the start wasn’t great but from there I dived up the inside, I didn’t lock a wheel so I was easily making the corner but they just kept squeezing me,” Verstappen said.
“At one point I was on the inside, Kimi was again squeezing me and Sebastian just turned in on both of us. That took my front wing, I had a lot of damage and also the floor got destroyed so from there on your race is gone.
“He [Vettel] knows that he’s on the outside and suddenly he just turns into the corner where there are two other cars, so I think that’s pretty logical.”
When Verstappen was asked his thoughts about defending against Raikkonen later in the race where Raikkonen accused the teenager of wanting to run him off the track, Verstappen hit back at the Finn’s comments.
“He should say that at Turn 1… I mean, it’s ridiculous. It’s good television if somebody is moaning. Especially after Turn 1 when they do something to you like that, I’m not going to give up my position to them that easy afterwards.”
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