F1: Max Verstappen blames media for making him look bad, slams abuse

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Formula One F1 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - November 17, 2022   Red Bull's Max Verstappen during the press conference

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – November 17, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the press conference REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Double Formula One world champion Max Verstappen said he and his family had suffered online threats and abuse after he ignored team orders in Brazil last weekend, and blamed the media for making him look bad.

The Red Bull driver assured reporters on Thursday he was a team player, and said he had a great relationship with Mexican teammate Sergio Perez, but the critics did not know the full story.

Despite saying he hoped they would one day know the details, he still refused to provide them ahead of the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi.

Verstappen refused to help Mexican Perez at Interlagos by giving back a place late in the race when they were running sixth and seventh.

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