Austrian Grand Prix: Red Bull driver Max Verstappen blasts ‘jealous’ critics and ‘keyboard warriors’

MAX VERSTAPPEN has slammed his critics and says they are only taking pop-shots at him because they are "jealous".

The Red Bull driver has also lashed out at the "keyboard warriors" who openly criticise his driving style on social media.

 Dutch F1 driver Max Verstappen of Red Bull has blasted his critics 

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Dutch F1 driver Max Verstappen of Red Bull has blasted his critics 

Verstappen was involved in six high-profile accidents in the opening six races this season and came in for some fierce criticism from his fellow drivers on the grid.

The 20-year-old defiantly promised NOT to change his swashbuckling driving style, despite his own boss at Red Bull, Christian Horner, telling him to curb his enthusiasm.

However, after trouble-free races in Canada and France, Verstappen is bullish and ready to take aim at his critics.

 Max Verstappen blasts 'jealous' critics and 'keyboard warriors'

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Max Verstappen blasts 'jealous' critics and 'keyboard warriors'
 Max Verstappen is pushed by team's mechanics in the pit lane

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Max Verstappen is pushed by team's mechanics in the pit lane

He said: "In every sport there is always hate and people being jealous, so I guess it is that. People always think they know better.

"In football everybody thinks they can be head coach and do it better. It's the same in F1, they always know better, even if they have no experience of it.

"In general the spotlight has been on me, but up until this year it was all amazing and great and then you have maybe two or three bad weekends and all of a sudden it's: 'You can't drive any more.'

"It is very unfair and on social media you have all these keyboard warriors who just type something and they never say it to my face. That's very weak I find.

 Max Verstappen in the pit lane during the third practice session.

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Max Verstappen in the pit lane during the third practice session.
 The Red Bull driver has also lashed out at the 'keyboard warriors' who openly criticise his driving style on social media.

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The Red Bull driver has also lashed out at the 'keyboard warriors' who openly criticise his driving style on social media.

"Most if it has been very unfair. Sometimes people make mistakes and I admit I make mistakes.

"I have always been clear on that but then they make such a fuss about it and try to over-complicate the situation to try to find something behind it that is not there. That annoys me."

Verstappen has always been the subject of much scrutiny.

He made his F1 debut for Red Bull's sister team, Toro Rosso, in 2015 when he was 17 — not old enough for a car licence in the Netherlands, the flag he races under.

 Second placed Red Bull Racing's Dutch driver Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium.

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Second placed Red Bull Racing's Dutch driver Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium.
 Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium next to team manager Ron Meadows, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen.

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Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium next to team manager Ron Meadows, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen.

But now in his fourth season, he cannot use the excuse of still struggling to find his feet and while he is unhappy about the criticism he has received, he does admit it has made him a stronger character.

He added: "I've not changed my mind about psychology. Throughout my life there have been periods of character building and this was another step.

"Sometimes it is not enjoyable but sometimes you need it. It only makes it stronger and stronger because you want to show them that you are right.

"At the end of the day I know I will always be right, of course there will be difficult times and there will be more in the future but I know what I have to do in the car."

MAX VERSTAPPEN has slammed his critics and says they are only taking pop-shots at him because they are "jealous".