Cape Town - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was livid in the closing stages of the Mexican Grand
Prix after Red Bull's Max Verstappen refused to give up third place late in the
According to the ESPN F1 website, Verstappen locked up and ran deep into Turn 1 three laps
from the end as Vettel hassled him for third, but refused to move over
and let the Ferrari driver through despite being advised to do so from
Vettel could not understand why the 19-year-old refused to move
over, with a radio meltdown for the ages unfolding as follows:
Vettel: "Move, move for fucks sake. He's a [censored], that's what he is"
Vettel: "I mean, am I the only one or are you not seeing what I'm seeing!? He's just backing me off into Ricciardo [censored]."
bottled behind Verstappen for that long meant Daniel Ricciardo, also on
fresher tyres, closed in on Vettel, lunging down the inside at Turn 4
on the penultimate lap. Vettel defended staunchly under pressure and the
pair made contact, though Vettel held on to the position.
Vettel: "Honestly, I'm going to hit someone I think I have a puncture, rear left."
Race engineer Riccardo Adami: "Tyres are fine, tyres are fine."
he crossed the line, Ferrari tried to calm the German down again, only
for Vettel to launch into an astonishing rant about FIA race director
Charlie Whiting, who was about to issue Verstappen a penalty...
Ricciardo Adami: "Charlie said... Charlie said..."
Vettel: "You know what, here's the message to Charlie: fuck off! Honestly fuck off."
Team boss Maurizio Arrivabene then stepped in to calm Vettel down.
Vettel: "He has to give me the position. End of the story."
"Sebastian, Sebastian, calm down, calm down. They are under
investigation. I know that it is not fair but calm down. Put your head
down and we talk afterwards."
Vettel: "OK, copy Maurizio."
would soon find out Verstappen had indeed been handed a five-second
penalty, promoting Vettel and Ricciardo up a position.
However, Vettel himself would be penalised by 10 seconds for changing direction under braking.
As a result, Ricciardo was promoted to third, followed by Verstappen in fourth and Vettel in fifth.
suggested Vettel "go back to school" for language classes after hearing about the radio messages above.