In the round-up: Max Verstappen shrugged off the booing which greeted him during the Miami Grand Prix weekend.
Verstappen unbothered by boos
Verstappen was booed by some in the crowd before the start of the Miami Grand Prix and during the podium ceremony following his victory. The Red Bull driver was unbothered by the reaction.
“I think if I would be driving in the back, nobody would be even doing anything in terms of reaction, right?” he said. “I think it’s normal when you are winning and they don’t like who is winning.
“So this is something for me which is absolutely fine as long I stand on the top that’s for me, the most important. I take the trophy home and they go back to their houses and they can have a nice evening.”
Perez reprimanded for lateness
Sergio Perez was given a formal, non-driving reprimand for failing to show up in time for the pre-race drivers parade.
The stewards noted “the reason for the lateness was the team’s media and other commercial commitments that the driver had to satisfy before turning up for the parade. We considered that this was not a valid reason for the lateness. A driver turning up late for such events can have undesirable resultant consequences for the event and should be avoided at all times.”
Any driver who collects five reprimands during the course of a season receives an automatic 10-place grid penalty.
Rossi criticises early Alpine performances
Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi criticised his team’s performance after a troubled start to the season in Bahrain and another poor showing in Baku.
A series of operational errors in Bahrain led to Esteban Ocon receiving a trio of penalties. “I didn’t like the first grand prix because there were a lot of – I’m sorry to say – amateurism which led to a result which was not right,” he told Canal Plus ahead of qualifying for last weekend’s race. “It was mediocre, bad.”
The race in Baku was similarly unimpressive and “unacceptable”, said Rossi. “It is acceptable to make mistakes, it is a basic principle, it is in mistakes that we learn,” he said. “On the other hand, we [should] learn, and when we make the same mistakes twice it is that one did not learn and that one does not take responsibilities. And that is not acceptable.”
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