Verstappen: “To hold flares, it’s nice, but there is a limit to how much”

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Max Verstappen says spectators at Zandvoort throwing flares on the track is “just very silly to do”, but he isn’t against fans having flares altogether.

Two orange flares were thrown on the track by spectators at Zandvoort during the Dutch Grand Prix Qualifying. While the first flare stopped the session, the second one didn’t make it onto the track.

However, that second one was thrown toward the pit exit, just as Lewis Hamilton was driving through the pitlane, on his way out. While it can’t be confirmed Lewis was targeted, many are suspecting that this is exactly what happened.

Since the people bringing flares onto the track are almost exclusively fans of Max Verstappen, he was asked afterwards to give his comments on these incidents.

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“It’s just very silly to do,” the Dutch driver said.

“To hold flares, it’s nice, but of course there is a limit to how much. But to throw it on the track is just stupid. And I think also the person who did that got removed.

“Just don’t do that. It’s not good for anyone, you get thrown out so you can’t see the race and for us the session is stopped because it’s dangerous when there is stuff on the track.

“[You] shouldn’t do it,” Verstappen concluded.

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