Max Verstappen did not mince his words when faced with what rival teams are saying about Red Bull’s alleged cost cap breach in 2021, saying they should keep their mouths shut.
The Singapore weekend was definitely a stressful one for the reigning Formula 1 World Champion, his team being in the spotlight for the wrong reasons amid speculation surrounding their 2021 budget with reports claiming an alleged breach for the FIA mandated cost cap.
To add on that, Verstappen did not have a decent weekend on track either, as he qualified eighth following a rare error from the team not having enough fuel in his car, asking him to abort a pole-winning lap.
The Dutchman, who has become quite calm recently was livid after the mistake, with many claiming he overreacted considering he has all but secured his second Title in a row, suggesting the “Costgate” row maybe the reason for his frustratio, as it may potentially threaten his maiden F1 Crown.
However, facing the media at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, Verstappen was bullish regarding the matter, and was on the offensive, saying: “I know where it [the speculation] comes from, so for me it’s okay.
“What I hear from the team, yes [I’m confident],” was his straight answer when he was asked if he had trust that his team have done the right thing.
“Of course, then other teams started to talk about it when they have no information and I find that a bit silly. Just keep your mouth shut,” the Red Bull ace blasted.
Lewis Hamilton not giving the mater much attention
Should Red Bull be found at fault, a potential penalty might be Championship points deduction for both driver and team, which means Lewis Hamilton might benefit.
The Briton was brought into the cost cap breach discussion in Singapore, but he was not giving anything away when asked for his opinion.
“I’m not really giving it much attention, to be honest,” Hamilton told the media. “It’s all whispers at the moment, I don’t know enough about it to be able to make a sensible comment.
“I’m not thinking particularly anything. I’m proud of my team for the diligence that they’ve done to run to the rules, and I honestly have full confidence in Mohammed [Ben Sulayem] in the way that he’s conducted himself to this point and in terms of being strict and being clear with the rules.
“The rules are rules and for those sort of things, which can lead to real alterations in terms of car performance, those sorts of things, we definitely have to take it seriously. But as I said, I don’t know if it’s true or not so we’ll see,” the seven-time F1 Champion maintained.
Verstappen won the 2021 F1 Title, his first ever, at the Abu Dhabi season finale, on the final lap of the race, following a controversial Safety Car period.
Following a season long, and bitter battle with Hamilton, as both drivers entered the final race equal on points, Verstappen having the advantage of an extra race win.