Mongolian Ambassador to the UN Lundeg Purevsuren wrote to Red Bull about Max Verstappen’s “racist and derogatory” comments during the Portuguese Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend.
Following his collision with Lance Stroll during the second free practice session at the Portimao circuit, Verstappen took to the radio to express his displeasure at the incident.
On his engineer radio, Verstappen said, “Is that fucking guy blind? What’s wrong with him? Jesus Christ. How late. I got mess. What a Mongolian. . I swear. . “
Verstappen conceded later on Friday in preparation for the Emilia Romagna GP that the words he had chosen were ‘not the right ones’ and that he’ had never intended to offend anyone But his comments nonetheless resulted in groups such as Mongol Identity issuing an open letter, demanding a full apology from the Dutch driver.
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The Mongolian government has also sent letters to Dietrich Mateschitz, CEO of Red Bull GmbH, and Tobias Moers, CEO of Red Bull Racing title sponsor Aston Martin, expressing disappointment at Verstappen’s language on the radio.
In the letter, Purevsuren – who acts as Mongolian ambassador to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization – said he was “confident” that the FIA would take further action against Verstappen.
“I regret the use of racist and unethical language in public by Red Bull driver Max Verstappen during the practice of the Portuguese Grand Prix of the Formula 1 World Championship on October 23, 2020”, reads- one in the letter from Purevsuren.
“Sport is seen as a symbol of unity around the world and I believe there should be no form of racial discrimination in sport.
“I support Formula One’s ‘We Race as One’ initiative against racism. But due to the aforementioned incident, I doubt that this initiative corresponds to reality.
“I am convinced that in order to prevent such unethical behavior from recurring in sport, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) will take action against Red Bull driver Max Verstappen for his unacceptable behavior of using repeatedly racist and derogatory language against any ethnic group. “
Red Bull team manager Christian Horner told the BBC he did not “tolerate” Verstappen’s choice of language and spoke to the driver internally.
“Max didn’t mean to offend,” Horner said. “They were created in the heat of the moment when emotions were running high.”
Red Bull has been invited to comment.