Max Verstappen’s inner circle are said to be unhappy with comments made by Nico Rosberg over the Formula 1 Saudi Grand Prix weekend. Former F1 champion Nico Rosberg has suggested in an interview with Sky Sports F1 in Jeddah that two-time world champion Verstappen will be absent from Saturday’s team meeting.
This came after Verstappen stopped qualifying in Q2 with a driveshaft failure, resulting in a 15th place start. “It’s not really good to see that,” said Rosberg. “Yesterday (Saturday) he left the track very quickly and probably skipped the team meeting, that’s what we hear. ‘I can’t bear to see him,'” Rosberg won. Apparently yesterday (Saturday) there was talk that he was leaving the circuit too soon and skipping a team meeting. “That’s what we heard.” He was known to be ill leading up to the race weekend. On Thursday it was announced that he was fit for the race weekend after skipping media work and a tour to recover from a stomach ailment. According to Sport1, officials in Verstappen’s camp are angry with Rosberg for presenting the situation in that way. The report said: “You can see how far Rosberg is from reality. Luckily Sky also have Ralf Schumacher and he quickly broke the record. Verstappen finished the race in second place while team mate Sergio Perez won his first race of the year. After the race, social media erupted into controversy over claims that Max’s father, Jos Verstappen, had not congratulated Perez on his victory when he got out of the car. The rumours, a sign of unease among the Red Bull driver duo, at last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix amid a battle for team orders However, another camera angle, not shown on the live stream, confirmed Verstappen Snr congratulating Perez by patting him on the back.