Max Verstappen defends Sky Sports F1 presenter Naomi Schiff and slams ‘internet haters’

Max Verstappen has spoken out in support of Sky Sports F1 presenter Naomi Schiff after he was abused online.

Schiff, who joined Sky’s broadcast team this year, fell victim to a social media troll last week who questioned his credentials and why he was given the role. Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton came to his defense on Twitter.

And defending champion Verstappen also addressed the issue ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend. He said: “Most of the time the people who hate you are people who are frustrated in life, or at work, or whatever.

“They’re at home, on their keyboards. They don’t have the person in front of them and they can say whatever they want. I think that’s not right but most of the time if these people met you in real life, they would. I don’t even care to say that stuff.

“Of course it’s bad. I didn’t even read the comments but I took over the lines a bit. It’s not nice but we all get hate. I get hate but is Do I really care? No, because these people, they don’t even deserve attention to be honest.

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Max Verstappen criticized Schiff’s trolls

“At the end of the day, ignoring is more painful than responding to them because that’s what they like. Because they actually have a platform, so I never pay much attention to it. .”

Schiff, 28, is more than qualified to talk about all things F1 as a racing driver herself, having competed in the 2019 W Series. Fellow former four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel also slammed his critics.

She’ll be back in Montreal this weekend, where Verstappen will look to extend his championship lead with a second win in a row after winning last time out in Baku.