Red Bull and Mercedes have locked horns on numerous events this yr amid their title battle, with the most recent incidents flaring up final weekend at Interlagos.
Lewis Hamilton was thrown out of qualifying resulting from a DRS technical breach, however fought again to attain victory on Sunday after a tense battle with Verstappen for the lead.
Verstappen appeared to run Hamilton vast at Turn 4 making an attempt to defend his place, however the stewards opted against investigating or issuing any penalty – a choice Mercedes F1 chief Toto Wolff referred to as “laughable”. He later stated that “diplomacy has ended”.
After footage from the onboard digicam on Verstappen’s automobile emerged on Tuesday, Mercedes requested a proper of evaluation of the incident, with a listening to happening on Thursday night. A call is anticipated from the stewards on Friday morning.
Speaking to the Dutch media forward of this weekend’s Qatar Grand Prix, Verstappen was requested if he thought Mercedes was being aggressive in the direction of Red Bull these days and if the group was going too far.
“Then of course, you can see their true nature coming out,” Verstappen stated.
“It’s not my team, of course, so I don’t have to deal with that. But that’s when you show your true colours and show who you really are.
“I think it’s important for us to just concentrate on ourselves and stay focused, like we always have been doing.
“So that’s what we will do for the next races as well.”
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing speaks to the media
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Verstappen had stated earlier within the day that he was “not surprised” by Mercedes’ determination to take issues additional and pursue a proper of evaluation as tensions between the title rivals proceed to develop.
Verstappen leads Hamilton by 14 factors on the high of the drivers’ championship with three races remaining, whereas Mercedes sits 11 factors away from Red Bull within the constructors’ standings.
Hamilton’s cost to victory in Brazil was aided by a recent engine that he took forward of the race weekend, incurring a five-place grid penalty after his cost from twentieth to fifth within the dash race.
It meant Hamilton began Sunday’s grand prix from tenth place on the grid, however he was in a position to show a formidable straight-line pace all through the weekend, sparking intrigue from Red Bull over Mercedes’ rear wing design.
Asked by Motorsport.com for his ideas on the ability unit penalties and that it was solely a five-place penalty for added engine modifications after the primary, Verstappen felt it was “something that needs to be looked at”.
“The first time it’s 10 places back and after that it’s five, and I find that a bit illogical,” Verstappen stated.
“If you keep taking engine penalties, I think it should just stay the same [number of grid places], because you’re going over the same limit all the time.
“Yes, that’s something that could be looked at, because in Brazil, you clearly saw that the rest of the teams didn’t have a chance to do anything against us [Red Bull and Mercedes].
“So a penalty like that [five places] is not really that big of a deal.”
Additional reporting by Ronald Vording