Max Verstappen has scorned Lewis Hamilton’s opposition to safety improvements, saying he “wants to be cool”.
Verstappen also revealed Hamilton’s team mate Nico Rosberg questioned his opposition to making safety improvements at the Baku City Circuit during the drivers’ meeting at the track.
“In the media he will say he doesn’t care,” said Verstappen. “I said in the drivers’ meeting the pit entry at Baku was tricky, then he said, ‘You shouldn’t bother about it’.”
“But then Nico Rosberg jumped in and said, ‘Wait, Lewis, you just said you were getting a turtle head [feeling afraid] when you were entering the pit lane! What is this?”
Hamilton publicly criticised other drivers for complaining about safety shortcomings on the Baku track.
“Maybe he wants to be cool,” added Verstappen. “We are all looking for safety and we don’t want to die on the track. But I also understand it needs to be a bit of a risk.”
“When he talks to his team, it’s different.”
Following the meeting drivers were given special instructions on how to approach the pit lane entrance at Baku for safety reasons.
2016 Austrian Grand Prix
- Long stint didn’t cause Vettel’s tyre blow-out in Austria
- Point earns Wehrlein Driver of the Weekend win
- Mercedes will use team orders if Austrian GP scenario recurs
- Hamilton won’t change his approach after Mercedes discussions
- 2016 Austrian Grand Prix team radio transcript