We have already talked about the unpleasant situation in which Max Verstappen got into for a careless statement on the radio during a race weekend in Portimao. Immediately after the collision with Lance Stroll in the Friday training of the Portuguese Grand Prix, Max, in addition to unprintable expressions addressed to the opponent, called Lance “Mongol”, which caused outrage in the East Asian country.
After the incident, the official ambassador of Mongolia to the UN and the World Trade Organization Lundag Purevsuren sent an official letter to the co-owner of Red Bull Dietrich Mateschitz, in which he criticized Max’s behavior and his unwillingness to apologize. In addition, Purevsuren sent letters describing the situation to key sponsors and partners of Red Bull Racing.
Formula1News.co.uk was able to find out that Siemens, one of the team’s partners, reacted to the message by expressing concern about the incident to Red Bull Racing.
In a response letter, Siemens noted that “they do not accept discrimination, harassment and any personal attacks on representatives of certain groups or individuals. The team assured us that all necessary steps were taken to prevent a recurrence of such an incident, and Mr. Verstappen has publicly apologized for his behavior. “
However, Mongolia’s official cultural envoy, Unro Yanchiv, said there was no apology, nor did Red Bull Racing respond to official letters: “The assertion that Max Verstappen has publicly apologized is not true, and the Mongolian government is awaiting a response from his team. He has not made a public apology to our government and has not responded to the ambassador’s open appeal.
The government will continue to work on this issue until it is resolved. “