If you missed the Belgian GP, you missed a good one. Spa never disappoints. However, as with most of what’s been going on this season, it’s what happened off the track with words that made the most headlines as opposed to the actual driving. But without the driving, there’s nothing to talk about. Ah F1, always the mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in shutting up you know what you’re doing.
In case you did miss it, the biggest headline was Max Verstappen’s aggressive driving or what Kimi Raikkonen saw as aggressive. Kimi was not happy with how Verstappen was using defensive moves to prohibit passing.
Verstappen came under fire from Raikkonen for defending too harshly during the Hungarian Grand Prix – and the matter came up again at Spa-Francorchamps, the duo involved in a battle in the mid-pack after opening lap contact at La Source.
Speaking after the race, Raikkonen said: “I’m all up for fair battles and close racing.
“But when I have to back off after Eau Rouge on the straight when I made my move – I had to brake not to hit him, because he turns after I make my move the first time – that, I think, is not correct.
After Kimi’s comments, Verstappen fired back at Kimi, saying they should be “ashamed” of themselves.
But Verstappen has been left far from impressed with those suggestions, especially coming from Raikkonen and Vettel who tangled within seconds of the start.
“I think they should be ashamed to cause a crash like that with their amount of experience and then complain about me,” said a defiant Verstappen.
“Then they don’t have to make a drama about what happened afterwards. They have to understand I’m not happy with them screwing up my entire race.”
Max even went as far as to say Kimi was flat out lying for television.
The racing might not be as exciting as it once was, but F1 is still rife with drama, as always. We like that.