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Verstappen: 'Hypocritical' rivals trying to slow us down

Max Verstappen was unfazed by the controversy surrounding Red Bull's cost cap breach and believes the pile-on from rival teams is 'just how F1 works'.

Max Verstappen has defended the Red Bull team in the wake of their cost cap breach and suggested that there has been an overreaction from rival teams. Red Bull are accused by the FIA of a 'minor' overspend for the 2021 season, with sources telling RacingNews365.com that the figure is around $1.8m. The Milton Keynes team have always refuted the FIA's stance, and believe that they were within the $145 million limit. Verstappen, who claimed an already-controversial first World Championship title in 2021, defended the team's opinions on the matter. "Nothing has been confirmed yet, but as a team, we know what we have to deal with," Verstappen told Sky Sports . "I think we were very clear on what we think was correct, so that's why it's still ongoing. "At the end of the day, it's also not my job, it's between the team and the FIA."

Verstappen: Situation typical of 'hypocritical' F1

Since the announcement of the breach, teams and drivers have jumped on the offensive, with many calling for strict punishments. McLaren released a statement of suggested punishments, whilst Carlos Sainz called for the penalties to be a strong deterrent for future offences . When asked about the criticisms from rival F1 teams, Verstappen believed the scenario was part of the 'hypocritical' nature of F1. "I think it's mainly because we have been doing well. They tried to slow us down in any way possible," added Verstappen. "But at the end of the day, that's how F1 works as well. You know everyone is, at the end of the day, a bit hypocritical and I'm fine with that. We just have to focus on our job."

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