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Nico Rosberg

Rosberg critical of Verstappen mentality: Not good to see

The 2016 Formula 1 World Champion has been critical of Max Verstappen, who he believes did not cope well with the race in Saudi Arabia.

Even though Max Verstappen managed to work his way through the field from 15th on the grid to a podium, he was still not happy with the race outcome.

Verstappen suffered a driveshaft failure in qualifying which put him towards the back of the grid, a big blow to his weekend after going fastest in all three practice sessions.

The Dutchman spent most of the final laps trying to set the fastest lap, despite being told to slow down by the team. Post-race he criticised the team for the poor reliability over the weekend.

"Personally I am not happy. I am not here to be second, especially when you are working very hard back at the factory to come here in a good state and making sure everything is spot on," he said.

"When you are fighting for a championship and it looks like it is just between two cars you have to make sure the two cars are reliable. We have to do better, a cleaner weekend would be nice."

Rosberg not impressed with Verstappen approach

The 2016 Formula 1 World Champion, Nico Rosberg, was not impressed with the comments made by Verstappen and believes he could be more "gracious" towards the team.

"I don't think it's a good approach or mentality so early in the season when the team has done such a brilliant job and worked so hard. I think he could be more gracious," he told Sky Sports.

Rosberg also claims that Verstappen skipped a team meeting on Saturday after the driveshaft failure.

He added: "It is not good to see. We were also told he skipped the team meeting [on Saturday] apparently."

RacingNews365.com understands from a Red Bull source that Verstappen did not miss the meeting on Saturday night.

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