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Max Verstappen to boycott Sky Sports at the Mexico Grand Prix

George Priestman

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Max Verstappen to boycott Sky Sports at the Mexico Grand Prix

Max Verstappen has reportedly decided to boycott and refuse interviews from Sky Sports at the upcoming Mexico Grand Prix.

The Red Bull ace triumphed in a highly controversial final race of last season to win his maiden world championship.

Since then, he received comments from Sky Sports reporter Ted Kravitz in which he claimed that Verstappen had 'robbed' Lewis Hamilton of the title.

It was a thrilling conclusion to the season which saw him overtake the Englishman in the final lap of the final race of the season.

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He had passed Hamilton after former race director Michael Masi incorrectly allowed five cars to unlap themselves after a late safety car.

According to RacingNews365.com, Verstappen will refuse not just the UK-based Sky company, but it's affiliates in Germany and Italy as well.

This comes after reporter Kravitz's comments, but he also suggested the Dutch driver can't win titles in a "normal way" last weekend following another controversial world championship victory earlier this month and it has all culminated in the driver refusing to speak to any Sky Sports cameras.

He said: "[Hamilton] 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."

Kravitz added: "What a script and a story that would have been. But that's not the way the script turned out today, was it?

"Because the guy that beat him after being robbed actually overtook him, because he's got a quicker car, because of engineering and Formula 1 and design, and pretty much because of [Adrian Newey, Red Bull's Chief Technical Officer] over there."

Verstappen celebrated a second world title on Sunday, after winning the Japanese Grand Prix. Image: Alamy
Verstappen celebrated a second world title on Sunday, after winning the Japanese Grand Prix. Image: Alamy

Verstappen is in good form following his win at the Grand Prix in Texas last weekend, where he beat Hamilton in somewhat similar fashion as he passed his rival late on to win.

He also became a two-time world champion last month in bizarre circumstances when Charles Leclerc was given a time penalty after the Japanese GP had finished.

Next up is the Mexico Grand Prix, which begins tonight with Verstappen in pole position and Hamilton in second.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy & Sky Sports

Topics: Max Verstappen, Formula 1, Sky Sports

George Priestman
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