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Max Verstappen

Verstappen hits out at Sky Sports Kravitz: “He kept disrespecting me”

The entire Red Bull team elected to snub Sky TV this weekend following comments made by pit lane reporter Ted Kravtiz.

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Max Verstappen has hit back at Sky Sports pit lane reporter Ted Kravitz, after the entire Red Bull team elected to snub their coverage of the Mexican Grand Prix.

The teams boycott of UK-based Sky Sports and its German and Italian affiliates comes after Kravitz implied after last week's United States Grand Prix that Lewis Hamilton was robbed of the 2021 F1 title.

When asked about the boycott, Verstappen said he's done it because the "digging" being made towards him has been "disrespectful" throughout the season.

"Nothing to do with this weekend, but this year it's been a constant digging, being disrespectful, especially one particular person and at one point it's enough and I just don't accept it," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.

Kravitz also made references to Verstappen not winning titles in a 'normal way', after the confusing ending to the Japanese Grand Prix when it was thought full points would not be awarded due to the shortened race distance.

After a rule clarification and time penalty for Charles Leclerc dropping him from second to third, Verstappen was confirmed to be the 2022 World Champion.

Verstappen: Social media can be a toxic place

Verstappen notes that the comments made on TV can sometimes fuel the "toxic" social media debate, rather than calm the situation.

He explains: "At the moment, social media is a very toxic place and if you are constantly being like that live on TV, you make it only worse instead of trying to make it better in the world.

"You keep disrespecting me and at one point I'm not tolerating it anymore, so that's why I decided to just stop answering [questions from Sky].

"It's not great that they are allowed to write these kinds of things [on social media].

"I hope we can come up with a kind of algorithm that stops people from being keyboard warriors, because these kind of people will never come up to you and say these things in front of your face."

F1 2022 Mexican Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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