COOLER HEADS NEEDED: Max Verstappen apologised to his Toro Rosso team for his foul-mouthed rant during the Australian GP. Image: AFP / Yuriko Nakao
Bahrain - Max Verstappen has revealed he apologised to Toro Rosso for his foul-mouthed radio abuse in the 2016 Australian grand prix.
"I apologised to the team for my comments on the radio," he told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. "I have to communicate more calmly next time."
The 18-year-old F1 sensation was furious in Melbourne about a botched pit stop and not being waved through to pass team mate Carlos Sainz, after qualifying an impressive fifth.
'I was emotional'
"It was not the best way to react, but I was emotional. That says something about my mentality as well," the Dutchman insisted. "I always want to win."
Also in Bahrain, team mate Sainz was asked if he and Verstappen had sat down to clear the air.
Sainz responded: "Well with Max, what did I do wrong? It's more about him and the team to find out what happened to him or his strategy or his pit stops."
Verstappen had been so angry in Melbourne, however, that the youngster lunged at Sainz and actually made contact with the Spaniard's sister car.
"He hit me," agreed Sainz, "but luckily nothing happened. Of course it's not ideal if someone is saying 'I am much faster, let me pass' because it wasn't true.
"But we both know what is expected of us and what we need to do in the coming races," he added.