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Verstappen: F1 Press Biased, 80% British Journalists

10/07/2024

Max Verstappen criticizes the F1 press for being biased, highlighting that 80% of journalists are British, which he believes leads to one-sided reporting in favor of British drivers.

Max Verstappen claims that the predominantly British composition of the press and ex-F1 driver consultants creates bias, citing the reaction to his collision with Lando Norris at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Verstappen and Norris collided at Turn 3 in the final minutes of the Austrian Grand Prix while fighting for the lead, both suffering punctures. This ended Norris’s race, while Verstappen finished 5th after receiving a 10-second penalty for causing the crash.

The incident remained a topic of discussion well beyond the chequered flag in Austria, continuing at the British Grand Prix, with Verstappen pointing to the F1 media’s composition for this.

Claiming that “80 to 85% of the F1 press is English” and that “most consultants are British,” Verstappen believes this naturally led to Norris receiving more support after their clash at the Red Bull Ring.

“80 to 85% of the F1 press is English, so it’s a pretty dominant force,” said Verstappen.

“Deep down, most would prefer their national driver to succeed or, in the event of an incident, would naturally side with their compatriot.”

“The former drivers, most of them are British, so it’s a bit one-sided.”

That said, while Verstappen asserts everyone has the right to an opinion, it doesn’t affect him.

“I don’t listen to what others have to say, whether to criticize or even be positive. I’m in F1 surrounded by my team and the people involved in my success – they are the ones I listen to and talk to for judging my performances.”

“Everyone can have their opinion. That’s fine. It won’t define how I live my life off the track or how I behave on the track.”

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