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Angel

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I'm sure this was a joke Max but come on

Max Verstappen: Red Bull driver says he 'might headbutt someone'

He needs to be careful with what he says as the media smells blood at moment and he's no longer immune to critiscm.

Also the best way to stop the questions is not a headbutt but just to stop crashing.
That comment from him really annoyed me. He's soundng like a silly petulant boy speaking like that. I was getting to be quite a fan of his but I'm rapidly going off him lately and an attitude like that will make that happen even faster.
 

vintly

Mostly bacon
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Don't worry vintly I know on occasions I can be a complete and total 'outspoken' ;)
Same here RasputinLives :)

As I've always said, the worst thing for an F1 driver to be is dull.* If you see the video of the 'headbutt' comment, it's clear that at the beginning of the press conference Verstappen has already said how narked he is with all the questions about crashing. Yes of course he's laying himself open to goading, and that's what happens. 'Max, why do you keep crashing?' comes the question later on (brilliant question, well done for that guile and wit whoever you are). He pauses for quite a while, says 'I don't know', then comes the headbutt comment. Completely calm throughout, a considered response, and I don't think any journalists in the paddock are suddenly worried he might actually do something so stupid as to headbutt them. I know I'm a hopeless apologist for the young scamp but if he was boring, F1 it would be worse off for it.

*Ok the worst thing is slow, but next to slow is dull.
 

RasputinLives

Not dead
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I don't disagree really vintly but I think if you've rode the media wave to the top you probably should be more humble about having some splash back when you get there.

Also it's probably not good for Max to be making physical violence jokes considering the history his father has.
 

Angel

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Oh I don't want dull robotic drivers, there's nothing worse. But I also don't like drivers who think it's okay to speak that way in a press conference.
Obviously I don't expect Max to actually carry out his threat, but there is enough needless violence in the world without people like him (who probably has a younger fanbase) suggesting that if you don't like something physical violence is the answer. In fact I'd almost suggest the FIA should have words with for that remark. He should remember how lucky he is to be in the position he is at his age. If the worst he has to suffer are a few questions he doesn't like, he's not got much to complain about has he?

I will point out that I've liked Max since he came into the sport, I've actively defended him to friends of mine who don't, pointed out his age and lack of experience were the reasons for some of his more outrageous moves. That sort of attitude will rapidly put me off someone though. If it's a one off, fair enough, but if he keeps repeating it......
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
Interestingly Max did not have his entourage with him this weekend so no Jos in the Red Bull garage along with his mum and sister

Make what you want of it but it was noticeable he was lot more calmer this weekend and was just letting the driving do the talking
 
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Angel

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Quote "Max Verstappen silenced his "stupid critics" by securing a podium finish at the Canadian Grand Prix, claims Red Bull Boss chief Helmut Marko"

Until the next time it happens, and it will, I'm almost certain of it.
 

RasputinLives

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He only silenced his stupid critics then? Does that mean his clever and mediocre critics are still talking as loud as they want? :) Go away Helmut.
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
well Max has won zero races and is quite a bit behind his teammate in the driver's championship so not sure why Helmut is jumping on his high horse
 

Clay

Test Driver
It's the same reason as to why no one talks about Bottas after Hamilton finishes 5th in a race, despite the former finishing on the podium. Ever witnessed a cheerful Mr. Wolff or Mr. Lauda after a bad race for Hamilton, I haven't.
 

teabagyokel

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He slightly won because of a Mercedes ****upathon involving a Virtual Safety Car. It was exactly the same as China except that since Vettel had suffered a grid penalty, he was not there to run into.

Jos is having trouble because Max doesn't need to be as defensive about his career as Jos was, since Max is not shit.
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
Well since Jos has not been to races , Max has done better except last week when he did show up... so maybe he has not been listening to his Dad and expecting his Dad to fight his corner which has helped him grow up a bit more . It certainly helped Hamilton in the long run when he did the same with his Dad.
 

RasputinLives

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I here to unburden some ill feeling I have towards a driver. I kind of hope Max Verstappen never gets a pole position. Not because I dislike Max or want him to fail but because the likes of David Croft, James Allen and all them Motorsport click baiters have been going on for so long about how he might become the youngest pole sitter ever that you just know they've already pre written their headlines and articles talking about it. I just don't want to enable lazy journalism.

Actually I hope Max doesn't get a pole until the day after he isn't the youngest and then goes on a run of pole positions but the falls one short of the record number of poles in a row. That'll learn em.
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
That will make Vettel happy his youngest pole sitter record is still in tact much like his other records which only Max is young enought to break them all
 
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