Max Verstappen faces €25,000 (£22,000) fine for skipping mandatory press duties

Openly unhappy about his recent troubles at Red Bull, Verstappen left the Azerbaijan street circuit after the race without talking to the media.

De Telegraaf claims that the Dutchman could face a hefty fine as a result.

“I did not want to talk to the press at the time,” the 19-year-old told Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport Totaal .

“It seemed wise not to respond right away. In the race I was in such a good position and the team expects me to do my best, so I expect the same from the team.”

Asked what the problem was, Verstappen said: “The problem is that Renault is the only engine that doesn’t work. But that’s separate.”

He said that he has both Monday and Tuesday away from the team and is then due to be on the simulator on Wednesday.

“The big advantage is that the engine cannot break,” Verstappen said.

As for whether he stuck around in Baku to help his teammate Daniel Ricciardo celebrate a surprise victory, Verstappen answered: “What do you think?”

The championship continues with the Austrian Grand Prix on July 9.

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