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The 20-year-old driver even called one of the stewards – named by Dutch media as Australian Garry Connelly – a “mongool”.

 

 

 

It translates to “mongol”, and the insult upset a Down Syndrome group.

 

 

 

“It was said in the heat of the moment and of course I did not mean to hurt anyone,” Verstappen told Ziggo Sport Totaal on Monday when told about the reaction to his ‘mongol’ comment.

 

 

 

 

To English-language reporters, Verstappen also called the steward an “idiot”, and contrary to reports elsewhere, he is refusing to retract that insult.

 

 

 

“I’m really not angry anymore,” he told De Telegraaf. “I had a super race and that is now the dominant feeling. But I called the steward an idiot and I will not take it back.”

 

 

 

 

The FIA is believed to be looking into whether the insult has brought the sport into disrepute, but Verstappen says that it is his responsibility to criticise where he sees fit.

 

 

 

 

“It was just unfair, and myself or Red Bull cannot even appeal,” he said. “That is ridiculous and it has to change.

“It is my duty as a driver to indicate if something in Formula 1 is a big mistake. And that is a big mistake.”

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