Sky Sports F1 boss visits Red Bull factory for straight talks

Correspondent The Daily MailSky Sports F1 director Billy McGinty will make a trip to the Red Bull factory in Milton Keynes on Monday as part of a “reconciliation process” after both sides decided to “draw a line under the consequences”.

It comes after Max Verstappen and the entire Red Bull team refused to speak to Sky during the race weekend in Mexico City after comments were made by pit lane reporter Ted Kravitz at the previous round in Austin.

During his “Ted’s Notebook” show after the United States Grand Prix, Kravitz referred to Lewis Hamilton being “robbed” of a record eighth world title following a controversial finish at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The comments sparked outrage in Verstappen’s camp and at Red Bull, which snubbed the channel and its sister channels Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia in Mexico.

Explaining his decision after breaking the record for most wins in an F1 season, Verstappen said: “It had nothing to do with this weekend, but this year it has been a constant form of disrespect, especially to a certain person. , and I do not accept that one point is enough”.

Red Bull intends to resume accepting interviews with Sky Sports from this weekend’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

“There were some sarcastic comments so we took a break from Sky for this race,” Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said in Mexico.

“Max was angry. We were upset and made the decision to come together as a team.

“It won’t have hurt Sky if we made a mark.

“Some of the comments are fair, but others are sensational and to say that we took the championship from anyone, as was said in Austin, is going too far. It is not impartial, fair or balanced.

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“We have said our part and we will be back to normal at the next race.”

According to the report, Horner will also meet with Kravitz directly once they arrive in Brazil.

Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez was mocked during the Las Vegas F1 Grand Prix launch party for boycotting Mercedes driver George Russell.

When Perez was being interviewed by Sky commentator David Croft, Russell interrupted him to ask if Sky could talk to Red Bull.

Pérez replied: “Yes, that’s me tonight. I have special permission, so don’t start with me!”

The Mexican, referring to his Red Bull team, jokingly added: “They’re not here” when Croft asked if he could “answer”.


Author: Shariq Mir

This is Shariq Mir years of experience in the field of journalism, Shariq Mir heads the editorial operations of the Elite News as the Executive Producer.

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