• Dutch driver says F1 has lost its purity since German’s retirement • Verstappen: ‘Nobody is good enough in every single sport’
In comments likely to delight the motor racing fans, Formula One champion Max Verstappen has told Formula One’s champions to “piss off” and call him Michael Schumacher. The 22-year-old Dutch driver clashed with Lewis Hamilton during the Mexican Grand Prix but was grateful to be given the chance to fight the Mercedes driver.
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Verstappen has a reputation for giving his opponent a hard time and delighted some fans with his comments on Wednesday. “So I’m Michael,” he told reporters at the third round of the World Endurance Championship. “You have a good career, go ahead, but don’t use my name because I don’t like that. Nobody is good enough in every single sport now.”
Schumacher, the seven-times world champion, suffered catastrophic head injuries in a skiing accident in France in December 2013 and is still undergoing rehabilitation. It has since emerged that Verstappen is also considering the possibility of retiring, at the end of the season, although the driver’s father, Jos, played down this. “I do not think Max will,” he said. “I think he likes the sport and he enjoys it.”