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Max Verstappen has annoyed the Italian F1 press, who have told the Red Bull driver to keep his mouth shut or bring evidence of cheating claims to light.
Verstappen believes the Scuderia’s dropp-off was because of an FIA’s Techincal Directive regarding fuel flow that forced them to stop “cheating”.
He told Ziggo sport: “That’s what happens when you stop cheating, of course. But yeah, they had a good look at it. So now we have to keep a close eye on it, of course.”
Ferrari, as to be expected, were not impressed with the Dutchman’s comments – and neither was the Italian media.
“Simple one: Motor racing is not politics and opinions don’t count,” reported Autosprint. “Only the truth counts and there are specific, credible and quick procedures to ascertain it. In the racing world, if someone believes that a rival is cheating, you can be sure that two seconds later he will make a complaint (to the FIA).
“But for now, before checking, there is only unsportsmanlike behaviour from Verstappen who said very serious thing without having or providing any supporting evidence. Perhaps the best thing for a driver would be to keep quiet and keep his foot down, leaving it to others to investigate these alleged delicate matters. In football an episode of this kind would be punished harshly, with a lot of money and disciplinary consequences. It would be good if in F1 things worked in the same way. If Red Bull has something to say about Ferrari, do it now or hold it forever.”