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Massa and Verstappen in verbal bout
- Updated: April 18, 2017
Max Verstappen is seldom shy of expressing his views. His innocent smile and relatively young age is often enough to get him out of trouble, but this time, perhaps, he has towed the line. At least that’s what Felipe Massa believes.
Verstappen was left raging at Massa after qualifying as he felt that his preparation lap before the third session was wrecked when the Williams car collided with him near the final corner.
When asked later whether he will talk to Massa about the whole incident, Verstappen jokingly replied, “Well, he’s a Brazilian – so there’s not much to discuss.”
As expected, this comment did not go down well with people in Brazil and attracted widespread criticism.
When Massa found out about this, he said he would confront Verstappen before the race.
Talking to a radio station in Brazil, Massa said, “I told him earlier today, ‘Be careful with your words because you will have a Brazilian Grand Prix at the end of year and you will have to race there. So be careful what you say.
“Without a doubt, it was not right to speak about Brazilians without even knowing what he was talking about.”
Massa was of the view that he had done nothing wrong in qualifying in going past him.
He further added, “He didn’t know what he was talking about, because I didn’t do anything that bothered him. Maybe he wanted to find a reason for being beaten by his teammate – and he needed someone to blame.
“I told him, ‘The same thing happened between (Nico) Hulkenberg and myself, and did you see anyone complaining?’ Before you start a lap, you have to be in the best possible position. If you are not able to do that, it’s your own fault.”
The matter is resolved now as Verstappen has apologized for his remarks and all seems well and good.