Here are Ted Kravitz’s exact words that led to Verstappen’s Sky boycott

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Here are the exact comments from Ted Kravitz that led to Max Vestappen refusing to talk to Sky Sports reporters and their affiliates at the Mexican Grand Prix.

It is being widely reported that Max Verstappen is refusing to talk to Sky Sports at the Mexican Grand Prix, allegedly because of comments made by Ted Kravitz at the United States Grand Prix.

Kravitz made his comments after the race, in response to Lewis Hamilton being unable to hold off Verstappen, and get his first win of the 2022 season.

“Seven-time World Champion – I almost said eight-time World Champion… Seven-time World Champion goes into the final race trying to be the greatest of all time, and win [the] championship,” Kravitz said.

“He gets robbed, comes back, his next year’s car is rubbish, doesn’t win a race all year, and then finally comes back at a track where he could win the first race all year, battling the same guy who won the race he was robbed in the previous year, and manages to finish ahead of him.

“What a script and a story that would have been. But that’s not the way the script turned out, was it?

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“Because the guy that beat him after being robbed actually overtook him, because he’s got a quicker car, because of engineering and Formula One and design.

“And pretty much because of [Adrian Newey, Red Bull’s Chief Technical Officer] over there,” the Briton concluded.

According to reports it was the use of the word “robbed” that made Verstappen completely boycott Sky Sports and its German and Italian affiliates.

Kravitz has been very vocal about the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and has openly stated numerous times that race director Michael Masi’s changing of the rules on the fly was unjust and unfair.

Kravitz also stated that Verstappen was ‘unable to win the title normally’, after his 2022 championship win was not announced immediately following the Japanese Grand Prix, because there was confusion over the points system.

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