Max Verstappen says he will cut back on radio chatter during Formula 1 racers for fear of sounding arrogant in his messages to the Red Bull team.
Verstappen, 19, has been vocal on the radio throughout the 2016 season, offering gems such as “I’m driving like my grandma.”
During last weekend’s United States Grand Prix, Verstappen was warned about his pace by Red Bull over team radio as he closed down on Nico Rosberg in third place. Verstappen quipped back: “I’m not here to finish fourth!”
However, the Dutchman is fearful that the comment made him sound arrogant, as discussed with reporters ahead of this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.
“I think I’m going to take my radio button off! No radio for me anymore!” Verstappen said, as quoted by F1i.
“As a driver, I always want to go forward. I want to win, so I was trying to get past.
“I did it with Kimi [Raikkonen], I arrived and got past, but with Nico it didn’t really work out.
“At the end of the day, I did damage my left front a bit but it was not that bad.
“All the time I press my radio button, it is broadcast, and sometimes it sounds a bit arrogant; especially the ‘I’m not here to finish fourth’. That is just what comes up in my mind.
“I am not there to finish fourth at the end of the day. I am there to win as a racer, but on the radio it sounds like I am arrogant and not listening to the team, but it’s not like that.”