Max Verstappen says ‘disrespectful’ Sky Sports are ‘living in the past’

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    Max Verstappen accused Sky Sports of being “disrespectful” and “living in the past” after Red Bull refused to conduct interviews with the broadcaster at the Mexican Grand Prix.

    Verstappen, Christian Horner and the entire Red Bull team refused to address Sky on Sunday. Their unprecedented stance came a week after Sky Sports’ pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz said Lewis Hamilton was last year “robbed” of an eighth world championship.

    Red Bull are said to have grown increasingly frustrated with Sky’s coverage since the contentious Abu Dhabi finale which saw Verstappen snatch the title. Sky Sports declined to comment when contacted by the Press Association.

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    Addressing the subject after he won for a record-breaking 14th time in one season on Sunday, Verstappen said: “It had nothing to do with this weekend but this year.

    “It has been a constant kind of digging and being disrespectful, especially from one particular person. At one point it is enough and I don’t accept it.

    “You cannot live in the past and you have to move on. Social media is a very toxic place and if you are constantly being like that live on TV then you are making it worse instead of trying to make it better.

    “You keep disrespecting me and at one point I will not tolerate it anymore and that is why I decided to stop answering.”

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    Initially, Red Bull said the boycott would be “indefinite”, but Horner indicated on Sunday night that their silence would end at the following round in Brazil on November 13.

    “There were some derogatory comments made so we took a break from Sky for this race,” said Horner. “Max was upset. We were upset and we made the decision to stand together as a team.

    “It won’t have done Sky any harm for us to lay down a marker. Some of the commentary is fair but some pieces are sensationalist, and saying we robbed anyone of the championship, as was said in Austin, is going too far. It is not impartial or fair or balanced. We have said our piece and will go back to normal next time.”

    Sky did air interviews with Verstappen and Sergio Perez after the race which came via F1's media team. Earlier this month, F1 bosses signed off a new deal with Sky which will see the broadcaster retain exclusive UK television rights until the end of the 2029 season.


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