Is the British press against Verstappen? “We might be a little stricter.”

After Max Verstappen took the drivers’ title in Japan and Red Bull won the constructors’ title in America, the Red Bull boycott of Sky Sports was the big story in Mexico. It feeds into the long-running question: Is the British press opposed to Verstappen and Red Bull?

Much has been said and written about Sky County (mainly for one race, Mexico). Discontent with Sky Sports has been at Red Bull for some time, while Verstappen and his camp have criticized the British media’s role – and how they handle Verstappen. The relationship between Verstappen and the British press was often uncomfortable.

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For example (?) Verstappen joked in 2018 when Daily Mail’s Jonathan McEvoy asked him why he “crashed a lot” at the time, even as he would be attacked if too many similar questions followed. In the 2021 loaded tournament, select Father Jos Limburger That “the English crowd largely behind Lewis Hamilton, trying to create a story out of everything, often looking for something that does not exist.” He recently faced Verstappen Jr. telegraph To feel that the British media in particular budget ceiling– case dismissed.

British glasses?

So, in the face of adversity, how do Britons see it? “From my experience, the relationship between Red Bull and Fleet Street Very strong,” McEvoy uses that traditional characterization for the major British newspapers. “They also know and expect at Red Bull that we have to critically report on things like how Verstappen won the title in 2021. Now what budget ceiling He repeats.” He found the narrative that the British media would be against Red Bull against Red Bull on the basis of nationality. “They drive under the Austrian flag, but their team boss Christian Horner is British and they are in England. And Mercedes is also in England, but officially German.”

“Just because you’re British doesn’t mean you’re reporting with British glasses. I also think we’re fair, we’re trying to highlight both sides. In Sky’s case,” he suggests, Red Bull probably felt they were siding with Mercedes. Behind all of this, of course, The feud that still exists between Red Bull and Mercedes and its spark… budget ceiling– Riot. His colleague Ben Hunt, of The Sun, points out this as well. “I don’t think Red Bull was happy with Skye’s attitude, but I’m not surprised by this. Max won two titles, but unfortunately both were fraught with controversy – including for him. That may play a role.”
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Looking at the sky, Hunt finds talking heads Commentators are “fairly neutral”. “Although there are a lot of Brits of course, that’s true, just as you focus on the British market.” And in Great Britain, according to Hunt, Red Bull is perceived differently than anywhere else. “I think there are more than fifty people among Red Bull fans or not, while in the rest of the world, there are more people who are Red Bull professionals. This might be a bit misleading.” In the Netherlands, the focus of Dutch journalists and television makers is mainly on Verstappen – and the Dutch market.

British stronghold?

The truth is that, as Hunt and McEvoy agree, there are many British journalists in Formula 1, as a traditional British sport. That prompted two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, whose rivalry with Hamilton still has a sharp advantage, to suggest he remains a British stronghold: “If you’re not British, it’s even harder.” Alonso explained that Verstappen and he, were and are at times likethe wicked’ Put away. Especially compared to British drivers.

At Verstappen, McEvoy feels no aversion to the British press. “Maybe he’s a little more careful,” he admits when asked, “Maybe he’s got more in the back of his mind what kind of Addresses It comes out in a British newspaper. But I have to say I have a good relationship with Max and Gus.” Despite that reckless comment. McEvoy should laugh a little; it’s been years.” I was on the boat in Abu Dhabi last year where Max had his championship party. Then he tells me he once said it to me, but I never cared.” Away from the jokes about the boats, McEvoy finds the Dutchman to be “straightforward.”straight. ”
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Verstappen in 2021 in front of the Sky Sports camera.

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Of course British newspapers can do just that when it comes to creative headlines and sharp phrases. Asked if drivers such as Alonso and Verstappen, who are so prized by some of their country’s media, might have to deal with a different press standard internationally, both Britons did not rule this out. “It may be so,” McEvoy thinks. Hunt: “As the British media, I think we’re a little bit stricter. We realize it’s not our duty to be drivers’ friends or fans.”

“Our job is to write about it.” And not what some drivers mistakenly think, “commercial PR”. Some drivers think that journalists are public relations employees. This is of course not the case.” Although there are drivers who deal with, for example, television stations, such as Verstappen has Viaplay as a partner, DAZN makes documentaries about Carlos Sainz, Yuki Tsunoda and Star + in Mexico a “short series” about Sergio Perez.

Hunt concludes, of course, that one of the most intriguing stories from the press is whether Hamilton can respond, contending with another championship with Verstappen – and winning. So just figured that Addresses In Great Britain it will still be around Hamilton vs Verstappen, and it will also be “headed” about it in Holland for a while. With Verstappen there anyway Never a dull moment. Not even if his athletic dominance is almost boring.

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