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Don't tell me how to do my job: Verstappen

 

By Philip Duncan

Max Verstappen has taken aim at the criticism which overshadowed the start of his year.

The Dutchman made up 16 places to finish an impressive second at the United States Grand Prix last Sunday to ensure his third podium finish from the last four races.

Indeed, he heads to Mexico City this weekend only 26 points shy of Mercedes' Valterri Bottas, who is fourth in the championship.

His recent good form is a marked improvement from the opening half-a-dozen rounds where he was involved in six accidents, throwing away probable wins in China and Monaco.

He then threatened to head-butt someone in Canada as he faced further questions over his error-prone year. Christian Horner, Red Bull team principal, also called on Verstappen to change his approach.

But the 21-year old questioned why Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel - whose championship challenge has been littered with errors - has not been the subject of similar criticism.

"People saying I had to change my driving style was all big b*******, to be honest," he said.

"They don't tell Sebastian to really change his driving style, I've never seen headlines like that.

"It's like telling a football player who is always kicking with his left foot to suddenly telling them no, you have to kick with your right. You can't just make that switch overnight."

Verstappen added: "Most of the criticism was just very unfair. Of course at one point I got tired of it.

"I was working very hard at home to make sure of a good result and in Canada I finished third."

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