Max Verstappen on FIA’s inquiry: “They can’t do anything”

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While the decisions that basically handed the 2021 championship to Max Verstappen are being investigated by the FIA, he says his title cannot be taken away.

Two months have passed since the controversial ending of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which saw race director Michael Masi break the rules of the Safety Car, basically handing the 2021 title to Max Verstappen.

These decisions are now the subject of an FIA inquiry, while more and more observers and Formula 1 personalities agree Lewis Hamilton would have won that race, had the rules been followed.

Verstappen, however, is unconcerned. It seems the only thing he cares about is that he keeps his title, which he demonstrated when The Guardian asked him about the inqury.

“Yeah, but they can’t do anything,” Verstappen was quick to respond.

Asked if he thinks the controversy is overshadowing his championship win, he proceeded to explain why he believes he ‘deserves’ the title.

“Not at all. I had a very good season and I think I really deserved it. I have been really unlucky as well.

“People always remember the last race but, if you look at the whole season, the championship should have been decided way earlier.”

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Max was then asked how he would have felt if the roles in Abu Dhabi had been reversed.

“For me, it’s difficult to picture myself in that situation, because I’m not a seven-time World Champion.

“If I was already a seven-time World Champion, it hurts a bit less than when I am fighting for my first, leading all the way, controlling it all the way, and then losing it on the last lap – that would be way more painful than already having seven in the bag.

“Just look back on the seven you have. I don’t think it’s so bad, is it?” Verstappen concluded.

It’s somewhat hard to follow Verstappen’s logic here. It appears he believes Lewis should not be too bothered by basically being cheated out of a hard-fought title win, because he has won the title on seven previous occasions.

Coming from a man who supposedly thrives on competition, this is really puzzling.

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