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      01-13-2020, 04:50 PM   #43
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GP fans 13 Jan.
"Former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore says he is a fan of Max Verstappen but admit the Dutchman must "learn to keep his mouth shut" if he is to become one of the sports elite.

Verstappen is never too far from the headlines and, when accusations of Ferrari using illegal practices to increase output from their power unit, it was quotes from the Dutchman that began the witch hunt.

“He drives really fast, he knows how to constantly improve himself and he often steals the show," said Briatore on the official 2019 season review.

“But Verstappen must also learn to keep his mouth shut,” he added, referring in particular to the Dutch driver’s comments about Ferrari’s engine late in 2019.

“He could have left out the accusation that they cheated. First of all, it’s not up to him to make those sorts of statements. Secondly, the whole story was totally inaccurate.”