Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has defended Sky Sports F1 presenter Naomi Schiff after she was subject to a lot of online abuse.
Last week, an internet troll had questioned how Schiff even landed the job and what her credentials were.
Verstappen wasn’t the only one who took her side, as Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton was also seen jumping to her defence.
Dutch driver Verstappen, who is also the reigning champion of F1, spoke about this ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.
“Most of the time, the people who are hating on you are frustrated people in life, or work, or whatever,” Verstappen said.
“They’re at home, on their keyboards. They don’t have the person in front of them and they can say what they want.
“I think that’s not correct but most of the time if these people meet you in real life they wouldn’t even care to say these kind of things.”
Verstappen discusses online abuse
Verstappen spoke about how internet abuse can affect everyone and why it is important to distance oneself from this.
“Of course it’s bad. I didn’t even read the comments but I picked up a bit along the lines,” he said.
“It’s not nice but we all receive hate. I receive hate, but do I really care? No, because these people, they don’t even deserve the attention to be honest.
“In the end, ignorance is more painful than actually responding back to them cause that’s what they like. Because then they actually have a bit of a platform, so I never really pay a lot of attention to it.”
Schiff is more than qualified to carry out her role as a Sky Sports F1 presenter.
She has been a race driver herself in the past (2019 W series) and exhibits plenty of pedigree with respect to analysing races.
She will undoubtedly be part of the Sky Sports team during race day in Montreal as well.