Max Verstappen Unconcerned With What People May Think Of His First Title Win.

Max Verstappen said the condemnation of his 2021 championship win by fans doesn’t worry him.

How the safety car deployment decision was handled by the former race director, Michael Masi in the season finale is the evidence that many F1 fans still hold up in claiming that Max Verstappen’s victory was fraudulent and that alone has made his first title victory contentious enough to date.

To make matters worse, recently, Red Bull was found guilty of exceeding the $145 million budget cap in that same season, and since it could’ve given them a competitive edge over Mercedes, the critics have returned and are disputing the legitimacy of Verstappen’s 2021 win once more.

The two-time world champion has stated that the vilification is just background noise and it does not disturb him. He said: “They are sore anyway so it doesn’t matter what they say or what you do,”

“I can [deal with it]. Probably they can’t and they will never be able to so that’s a problem for them to deal with,”

The 25-year-old has received a lot of criticism on social media, including calls to quit racing and being dubbed a “cheat”. It is important to note, however, that the team and its expenditure, not the driver, are to blame for the breach.

The Dutchman maintained that he is not in charge of what occurs and admits that he is frustrated by all the discussion over the cost cap. He said: “It’s a bit frustrating,”

“From our side we feel we are not wrong, but just some things are taken into the budget cap with are very expected.

“We’ll have to deal with it. But it’s also not up to me to decide what is right.

“We don’t know until the things are decided, but also these things I’m not involved with.”

While the Formula 1 community mourned the loss of Red Bull GmbH owner Dietrich Mateschitz, discussions on a potential penalty were put on pause. However, it appears that Red Bull and the FIA have reached an agreement on a penalty over the past few days.

As a punishment for their overspending in 2021, the Austrian-based team will most certainly face a reduction in their CFD and wind tunnel testing time, thereby impacting their final testing times in the upcoming season.

This will be a major blow to the team because Red Bull already has the shortest testing time due to winning the constructor’s title.