Max Verstappen took exception to critical comments on a podcast from 2016 F1 world champion Nico Rosberg.
Max Verstappen says that 2016 Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg “has never been credible — not even as a driver” after the German driver criticized him for his failed first-lap overtake on Kimi Raikkonen in Belgium.
Speaking on his postrace debrief podcast, Rosberg said that Verstappen had reverted to his old self by attempting the move on Raikkonen.
The contact, which ultimately ended Verstappen’s race on lap 1, was made and Rosberg’s comments came in relation to a series of costly errors at the beginning of the 2018 season where it seemed as though the Red Bull driver was involved in some incident or another at every race.
Asked about the comments against him, Verstappen was vociferous in his defense.
“I don’t really care what he says in his podcast,” said Verstappen. “I think he’s becoming the new Jacques Villeneuve, who has actually become less bad now. Nico is the new one. I guess he just want to attract viewers/listeners.
“He called me a narcissist earlier this year, I found that a bit extreme. Nico has never been credible, even as a driver. It’s his problem. He has no appeal and can’t get a job. I don’t know what he wants, more viewers? Money? He should have kept driving to earn a lot more.”
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