Verstappen has been the butt of all jokes all through the season as he has crashed a little too often in the first few races.
Critics and the media have repeatedly criticised the Dutch driver for his driving style and he made it a point to give a little back to the media following today’s incident between Bottas and Vettel.
Vettel rammed into Bottas on lap 1, spinning him and causing a puncture. He was slapped with a 5 second penalty but still somehow managed to end the race in 5th position.
When Verstappen was spoken to about the entire Vettel incident, Verstappen jokingly said that the media should ask Vettel to change his driving style.
“I think next time you see Seb, maybe you should tell him to change his style, because honestly it’s not acceptable.
“That’s what they said to me in the beginning of the season so I think they should do the same [to him].
“And of course, Seb shouldn’t do anything, and just drive again, and learn from this, and go on.
“That’s my advice to everyone in this room.” Verstappen said.
Verstappen had a little piece of advise for the media as he wanted them to not jump to conclusions quickly and write out opinions about drivers.
“We are all human. I hope that when we get to Austria the journalists won’t ask him if he’s going to change his approach, because that’s what I’ve heard for so many races and it really annoys me.
“It’s really, really stupid.
“I’m not going to hold back on it because I really feel like that.
“You have to learn from mistakes, but you can’t change your approach.
“You can fine-tune it, but ‘change your style’, all these sorts of things, it’s nonsense.” Verstappen said.
He also spoke about how the media treats him differently but that it hasn’t really made him change his approach towards racing.
“Mistakes happen, and it happens to the best of us, as you can see today.
“It just makes me angry, because for sure it won’t be as bad on him as it was for me.
“All the time they came to me [saying] that I should change my approach and all these stupid comments.
“But I didn’t change a thing, and now everything is going right. At the end of the day they will never get the last laugh because I know what to do. It’s just annoying.” Verstappen concluded.