Max Verstappen has suspicion about Mercedes and Ferrari

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Max Verstappen has claimed Red Bull’s “hypocritical” rivals are only criticising his team over their budget cap breach “because we’re doing well”. The saga has dominated headlines in recent weeks, and the Dutchman certainly isn’t happy about all the uproar.

Red Bull have been found guilty by the FIA of a ‘minor’ breach of the £114million budget cap F1 put in place last year. And the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes have called for strong penalties to be imposed on Red Bull, with Ferrari chief Mattia Binotto stating “there must be a penalty that sanctions the capacity for development”.

Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, issued a stark warning ahead of the United States Grand Prix, stating: “If they’re relaxed with these rules, then all the teams will just go over. And spending millions more and then only having a slap on the wrist is obviously not going to be great for the sport.

“They might as well not have a cost cap for the future [in that case].” However, Verstappen believes the criticism Red Bull are receiving is simply a case of jealousy following his back-to-back F1 world title wins. 

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“I think it’s mainly because we’re doing well,” Verstappen told Sky Italia. “They try to slow us down in any way possible.

“At the end of the day that’s how Formula 1 works. Everyone is a bit hypocritical but I’m fine with that.

“We just have to focus on our job. Nothing has been confirmed yet but as a team we know what we have to deal with and we are very clear with what we think is correct.”

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Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez shares the Dutchman’s belief, adding: “At the end of the day, there are always teams that want to take performance out of you, especially when you are winning.

“It’s part of the sport, and this has been the case forever. I just think it’s a normal situation. At the end of the day, facts will come out and people will see and understand the situation.”

Verstappen will be looking to win the United States Grand Prix on Sunday amid all the noise surrounding the budget cap breach.

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