MAX VERSTAPPEN says he’s buried the hatchet with Sky F1 and abandoned his boycott of the broadcaster.
The F1 world champion was upset by the digs of one of the channel’s presenters, Ted Kravitz.
The straw broke the camel’s back at the United States GP in Austin where Kravitz used the word ‘stolen’ to insinuate that the Red Bull driver stole the world crown from Lewis Hamilton in 2021.
Camp Verstappen’s decision to ignore the channel was supported by his team, who also ignored the rights holders during the Mexican GP.
However, after clarifying the air talks on Monday, Verstappen says he is happy they are questioning him again.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, he said: “We’ve drawn a line under it and we’re continuing. I can’t wait to [speaking to Sky].”
Meanwhile, this weekend will see the third and final weekend of sprint racing, where a short 30-minute race will dictate the grid for the real GP on Sunday.
It’s F1’s attempt to shuffle the grid and increase excitement over the weekend, but Verstappen is not a fan of the format, which will be six races next season.
He added: “Honestly I’m not a big fan of it because I feel like we don’t really race. There are a few points you can get but you know you can’t take any. risk because the main race is where you get the points.
“You don’t really do a pit stop, you just put on a tire that will last the whole distance. And you don’t see a lot of overtaking unless there’s a car out of position.
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“For me it’s not fun. I like a practice session and then qualifying. I like it because you have to master the settings.
“But when I’m in a sprint race you risk a lot and you want to play it safe.”
British star Lando Norris’ participation in this weekend’s action has been thrown into doubt after the McLaren driver suffered food poisoning.