Max Verstappen has blamed Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel for ending his hopes of a podium finish in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, saying his race was “destroyed” at Turn 1.
The race at Spa-Francorchamps acted as Verstappen’s home event as tens of thousands of fans made the trip over from his native Netherlands, resulting in the circuit’s best raceday attendance in over a decade.
Verstappen made a slow start from second place on the grid, slipping behind Raikkonen on the run down to the first corner.
The Dutchman tried to dive down the inside of Raikkonen at La Source, only for the two to make contact and also tangle with Vettel on the outside.
The collision left Verstappen with damage that forced him to pit at the end of the first lap, taking a new front wing.
However, more severe damage was caused to his floor, costing him over one second per lap for the remainder of the race en route to 11th place at the checkered flag.
“I got squeezed. Kimi wanted to turn in. Sebastian did on both of us,” Verstappen told NBCSN after the race.
“Destroyed my front wing and the whole floor. Fans were so great… but unfortunately was not our day.
“We had a car like you could see to finish on the podium. But when other drivers take that away from you, you’re not happy.
“Today everything got destroyed in Turn 1.”
Verstappen faced the wrath of Raikkonen during the race after some aggressive defensive moves, prompting the Ferrari driver to express his anger over team radio.
Verstappen thought little of the Finn’s comments, though, saying he would have been penalized by the stewards had it been an unfair move.
“I should have got a penalty if it was not correct. So it was fair,” he said.