ESTE­BAN GUTIER­REZ

Motor Sport News - - Italian Gp Report -

The Mex­i­can did a great job in qual­i­fy­ing to get Haas into the last part of qual­i­fy­ing for the first time in its ex­is­tence. But then he threw all of that away by get­ting the start pro­ce­dure wrong off the line and plum­met­ing to 20th. “It was a driver prob­lem, miss­ing the start,” ex­plained team boss Gunther Steiner. “I guess the pres­sure got to him”.

him­self. Whit­ing said: “The main thrust of what I said to Max is that whilst we like the com­pet­i­tive type of driv­ing he’s pro­vid­ing us with, he needs to be care­ful not to go over the top.

“Some­times he is just a lit­tle bit too ag­gres­sive, shall we say. He just needs to be care­ful he doesn’t get a bad name for him­self be­cause if, heaven for­bid, there was an ac­ci­dent caused by what is judged to have been Max’s overex­u­ber­ant driv­ing then all these things will come back to haunt him. He fully ac­cepted it. We had a very am­i­ca­ble chat, and he got the point.

“It was im­por­tant to hear what Seb and Kimi had to say too. They were quite calm and re­laxed and they have no prob­lem with Max, it’s just that he needs to show a lit­tle more re­spect and calm down a lit­tle bit.”

Be­fore the Ital­ian GP, Ver­stap­pen was em­broiled in a war of words with 1997 world cham­pion Jac­ques Vil­leneuve.

Vil­leneuve crit­i­cised Ver­stap­pen urg­ing him to back off. The French-cana­dian said Ver­stap­pen needed to “calm down or you’re go­ing to kill some­one”.

Ver­stap­pen was then quoted in Dutch me­dia ref­er­enc­ing Vil­leneuve’s 2001 ac­ci­dent in Aus­tralia, when a de­tached wheel from his crashed car killed a mar­shal.

Ver­stap­pen clar­i­fied his words later in the week­end say­ing: “To be clear, I said that it was dis­respectful to the fam­i­lies to talk about deaths and I was re­fer­ring to the in­ci­dent in 2001. But they didn’t write down that I was pick­ing up on the fam­ily, that it was dis­respectful from his side to com­ment about deaths. I didn’t say death by driv­ing, I said it was a deadly ac­ci­dent. In the end it was a wheel, it’s still from a car isn’t it?”

Max Ver­stap­pen had talks with Char­lie Whit­ing at Ital­ian Grand Prix

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