Verstappen says his celebration was not dangerous for other drivers

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 01: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 01, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202107010084 // Usage for editorial use only //

After Michael Masi said that the FIA will not accept another celebration like the one Max Verstappen did in Styria, the Dutch driver said that he did not put other drivers in danger.

When Verstappen crossed the line to take the win in Styria, he slowed down and made a little burn-out to celebrate the win. Masi later said that something like that “would not be tolerated” in the future.

Then, Verstappen joked by saying that he will “try to do a doughnut next time”, but he remained serious admitting that he will not do it again since the FIA imposed it.

“I understand of course about safety but I looked in my mirror, went all the way to the right, took it easy, everyone was on the left. I just did a burn-out. Okay, if it’s not allowed, I won’t do it again.

“At the time I thought it was really funny and safe but of course I understand they don’t want to see this happening again, which is fine for me.”

While Verstappen was celebrating, Nicholas Latifi was passing next to him, and he said that slowing down that much is not the best thing to do. Despite that, he was not hit by the Dutchman.

“When I was coming to the finish line, I saw Max pulling to the inside to celebrate with the team as most drivers do. So I just make sure to stay as far to the left as possible.

“I guess in general, just as a rule of thumb, it’s probably not the best thing to slow down that much.”

“Michael thought it was dangerous, so I don’t think a lot of other cars will be doing that in the future. So it’s probably best to not slow down that much.”

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