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McLaren Racing Boss Zak Brown Takes Shot at Actions of Max Verstappen, Red Bull F1 Team

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Zak Brown Takes Shot at Max Verstappen, Red BullGuenther Iby - Getty Images

Lando Norris and Max Verstappen are pretty much over their crash at last weekend’s Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix, which cost both a chance of victory.

While a few words were said in the immediate aftermath, they spoke this week ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone to clear the air. Norris downplayed the situation on Thursday, while Verstappen explained that he cared only about their friendship Verstappen said both drivers agree that the will race other hard going forward.

Meanwhile, McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown has stoked the fire by criticizing rival team Red Bull Racing, believing that Verstappen’s on-the-edge style is actively encouraged.

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McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown says that Max Verstappen’s aggressiveness needs to be reeled in.Bryn Lennon - Formula 1 - Getty Images

“It was quite an epic battle, exciting for the fans, exciting for everyone in Formula 1, I think it was a matter of time before we saw the two of them going head-to-head,” Brown said. "Until someone tells Max that that’s against the regulations, he’s not going to know any different. So I think there were missed opportunities for the stewards to make note.

“Also disappointed that such a great team like Red Bull, that the leadership almost encourages it, because you listen on the radio and what was said. We all have a responsibility on pit wall to tell our drivers the dos and don’ts and what’s going on in the race.

“I think we need to have respect in the regulations. We’ve seen a lack of respect, whether it be financial regulations, or sporting on-track issues with fathers and things of that nature. I just don’t think that’s how we need to go racing and we need to guide our drivers on what’s right or wrong and I think had it been addressed earlier, maybe that incident wouldn’t have taken place. So racing incident, but I think could have been avoided if the pit wall and the stewards had been more on top of what you can or can’t do.”

Verstappen was handed a 10-second time penalty for causing a collision, per the regulations, while Norris retired due to the damage sustained.