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Red Bull issue statement on Social Media abuse, ignoring Verstappen’s family’s role

Red Bull has issued their statement on the abuse targeted at Verstappen and Perez, despite inherent contradictions

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Red Bull has issued a statement on Social Media abuse towards Verstappen and Perez after the São Paulo Grand Prix.

One Red Bull follows another at the São Paulo Grand Prix. Max Verstappen was ahead of Sergio Perez and refused to let him through. Credit: Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen has started to get mounting online abuse and hatred. This comes after the incredibly controversial radio messages between Verstappen and the Red Bull team were aired.

The teams’ two drivers were clearly both agitated. In the post-race interviews, Max Verstappen seemingly had no apologies ready for his teammate. 

Verstappen’s attitude has rubbed many fans the wrong way. The Dutch driver has reportedly lost over 80,000 followers on Instagram and has been the target of lots of abuse and horrible comments. Due to this, Red Bull has put out a statement saying the abuse is “shocking and saddening“. In the statement, the team highlighted that the abuse has been towards the drivers and their “respective families”. Verstappen has commented that his girlfriend, mum and sister have been targets of “disgusting” online abuse.

A comment from Max Verstappen’s mother, Sophie Kumpen, alleging Sergio Perez cheated on his wife in Monaco. Credit: Sophie Kumpen on Instagram
Red Bull’s blind spot

Ironically, Max Verstappen’s family has also been involved in online abuse. Max’s mother, Sophie Kumpen, made an inflammatory comment about Sergio Perez. She commented on Instagram that Sergio Perez cheated on his wife after the Monaco Grand Prix this year.

Whether it is true or not, the comment certainly received plenty of online attention. Sophie Kumpen swiftly deleted the comment (pictured above) and soon after deactivated her Instagram account for a short period of time.

On the topic of social media abuse, Max Verstappen has told journalists at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that he doesn’t like how people are writing about him. He has also said that he doesn’t like how the media have portrayed him.

What we know about why Verstappen didn’t let his teammate through

The Red Bull statement clarified that Verstappen only knew about the plan to let Perez through at the last corner but Verstappen believes the media have portrayed this very incorrectly.

Verstappen and Sergio Perez have reportedly made up and Verstappen has said he will do everything he can to help Perez in Abu Dhabi. Despite the pair coming into the Abu Dhabi race weekend acting as if nothing happened, it is clear that the events of the São Paulo Grand Prix had a deeper meaning.

Journalists at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix have been told that Vertappen’s so-called “reasons” stem from earlier in the year and the team were made aware of this at the Mexico City Grand Prix. This conversation would have most likely occurred due to speculation asking whether Verstappen would let Perez win at home.

Social media abuse is a nasty thing that we’ve seen in Formula 1 time after time. However, when some of the abuse is coming from your own camp, it’s unacceptable to ignore it.

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