Red Bull’s 2021 budget cap breach appears to have very much annoyed Sky Sports F1 journalist Ted Kravitz, who called Lewis Hamilton an eight-time World Champion during a recent episode of ‘The Notebook’.
Kravitz is by far one of the most experienced journalists in the F1 paddock; however, it’s safe to say that he has well and truly bothered Red Bull, according to reports.
It has been claimed that Max Verstappen is refusing to do any interviews with Sky at the Mexican Grand Prix, including, Sky UK, Germany, and Italy, as a result of Kravitz’s comments.
This revelation comes from a Mercedes fan as well as others, including, a leading Red Bull fan page, who have all heard that the journalist’s comments about Verstappen haven’t gone down well with the Austrians.
Kravitz seemingly believes that Hamilton should’ve been awarded the 2021 World Drivers’ Championship, given that it has since been revealed that Red Bull breached the $145 million budget cap by $2.2 million.
Ahead of the Mexican GP, the FIA announced that the leading side would be awarded a $7 million fine and a 10-percent reduction in aerodynamic research.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has tried to explain that the breach by no means improved the team’s performance last year, and that in actual fact the breach had “zero benefit” on Verstappen’s title-winning car.
Despite this, Kravitz has continued to hint that Verstappen doesn’t deserve his championships, in his opinion, resulting in the Dutchman not carrying out any interviews with any broadcaster affiliated with Sky.
“So basically Ted Kravitz said Max didn’t deserve the title last year, so now the Red Bull PR is pissed and Max is not giving interviews to Sky UK, and Italy too, because Sky Italy is right next to Sky UK in the media pen,” it was reported.
“And now the Italian commentator texted the RBR chief of press complaining because they didn’t do anything wrong,” they updated.
According to reports, Verstappen’s father, ex-F1 driver Jos Verstappen, has also told his son not to do any interviews with Sky, something which will continue for the remainder of the weekend at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit.
Meanwhile, a user on Twitter uploaded a clip of Kravitz’s show, where he calls Hamilton an eight-time World Champion, and also says that he was robbed in Abu Dhabi.
It remains to be seen if Sky will release a statement on the matter, considering that the World Champion is refusing to speak to them.