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Hill damning review of Verstappen behaviour amid Sprint fury

Max Verstappen has urged F1 to scrap the sprint format after a heated 17-lap event in Baku that concluded with the Red Bull driver confronting George Russell.

Former F1 champion Damon Hill has given a damning indictment of Max Verstappen's behaviour following the Azerbaijan Grand Prix Sprint. The Dutchman was left furious after contact with George Russell on the first of 17 laps at the Baku City Circuit that left Verstappen's Red Bull with a hole in the left-hand sidepod. But Verstappen took issue with the new Sprint format in the post-session press conference, suggesting F1 needs to "scrap the whole thing" after becoming 'bored' during the inaugural qualifying session - his ire continuing previous comments that apparently confirmed continuous change would push him away from the sport. Reacting to Verstappen's outburst, Hill told Sky Sports F1 : "We should just give Max Verstappen the championship and not bother with anything else. "I am sorry, that is just sulking, a poor loser. It is there for everyone, it is the same competition, he should be thinking about tomorrow, thinking about the championship and putting it behind him."

This is racing

Verstappen had earlier confronted Russell in the pit lane after the Sprint, labelling the Mercedes driver a "d***head" for his role in and response to the incident, despite having retaken third in the classification. Asked if enough room was given, Hill explained: "Yes, I think that is racing. "There is not much more that Max could do, he gave him room and stayed on the outside but George did slide into him and contact him a little bit, but this is racing."

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