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Father Jos says Verstappen should have kept quiet

Father Jos says Verstappen should have kept quiet
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Max Verstappen's father says the Red Bull driver should not have commented on the yellow flag situation following Valtteri Bottas' qualifying crash in Mexico.

Max Verstappen's father says the Red Bull driver should not have commented on the yellow flag situation following Valtteri Bottas' qualifying crash in Mexico.

After audaciously admitting to not slowing down for the incident and daring the FIA to "delete my lap", 22-year-old Verstappen lost his pole position.

F1 race director Michael Masi is now vowing to speak "one on one" with Verstappen about safety and yellow flags in Austin.

"We have discussed the press conference," Max's father Jos, a former F1 driver, told Ziggo Sport.

"I think he shouldn't have said anything. Max also told me that he had not seen the yellow flags at all, which I understand, because normally you are informed by your team in such a moment.

"He also saw that other people were not lifting the gas, so Max is disappointed that only he got the penalty.

"But I see it as another learning moment for Max," Jos Verstappen added. "He just has to buy some time next time.

"Max's heart is sometimes on his tongue, which is just the way he is, but apparently that is not always possible in a top sport. It's nice that Max is always straightforward, but this time he shouldn't have said anything."

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Saturday's key events


TRIATHLON
· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

SWIMMING
· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

ATHLETICS
· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

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· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

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· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

TENNIS
· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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