Max Verstappen thinks that the greatest names in F1 would be backing him 100 percent in his recent spat with Kimi Raikkonen.
Verstappen may have half of Formula 1 shaking their heads at him at this moment. Kimi Raikkonen is foaming at the mouth at his audacious defence at Hungaroring. He blocked the Ice Man from advancing into fifth with gusto, even making contact with him at Turns 1 and 2. Raikkonen is decrying the F1 rulings as a “joke”, Sergio Perez is calling his driving “a bit much” and Felipe Massa accuses him of being “on the limit”. The only response he has for them all is a belly laugh.
“I think it was all pretty clear, there was nothing said from the stewards as well, so I don’t think I did anything wrong. At the end of the day, we are fighting in the championship with Ferrari, so it’s not like you can say, ‘Thank you very much, the door is open, you can go,’ because he didn’t do it to me as well in the pit stop.
“You are fighting and it’s not like we are on a Sunday drive. That’s how I approach the race. We are here to fight and we are there to score points.”
Looks like everyone in F1 has different definitions of what “fighting” entails. Seb Vettel may agree completely with Verstappen, but Raikkonen and those in his corner feel like even a battleground has its own rules of etiquette. With opinions so divided, Verstappen tries to settle the score by invoking some Formula 1 gods of yore.
“I think Senna and Prost would have liked it as well. There was no front wing or anything next to my car and I don’t think it was that dramatic. In the end, you know it’s very hard to overtake on that track. Like you could see after my first stop, I was behind Kimi. I couldn’t get past, so I don’t start to do crazy things. I don’t go too optimistic into the braking zone and try to pass, because there’s no way to pass.”
We wonder how Senna and Prost would have dealt with it. We may think Formula 1’s pretty cutthroat today, but back in Senna’s day, it was quite the bloodbath. Who could forget Senna’s ruthless refusal to let Prost have the upper hand both on and off the track? Both men were completely obsessed with getting the better of each other, to the point where they’d rather crash than let each other finish a race. And you thought things were tense between Hamilton and Rosberg.
We’re thinking Verstappen may be on to something. This little altercation between him and Raikkonen would most likely be child’s play to two of F1’s greatest rivals.