Verstappen apologises in Instagram post
27 October 2017 – Max Verstappen has apologised for the language he used directly after being penalised at last weekend's United States Grand Prix in a follow up post on social media.
Verstappen overtook Kimi Räikkönen for third on the final lap of the race but was given a five-second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage, dropping him back to fourth.
In his post-race interviews, referring to regular FIA steward, Garry Connelly, Verstappen slammed "one idiot steward", and then a "mongol" (in a Dutch interview).
During Thursday's press conference at the Mexican Grand Prix, Verstappen admitted that he "could have used a few different words", though stopped short of a full apology.
However, he has now taken to social media to express his regret.
"Further to what I said during the FIA press conference, I would once again apologise for the language that I used following the US Grand Prix," said Verstappen via Instagram.
"My comments were made in the heat of the moment, I know that the words I used were inappropriate and they were not directed at any one person.
"I certainly did not mean to cause any offence and I hope we can move on and enjoy this race weekend."