Mercedes boss plays down Verstappen phone call

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Max Verstappen says he will take the fight to Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix and cannot be expected to do otherwise, despite Mercedes boss Toto Wolff ringing the Dutch teenager's father to discuss the situation.

"It has been blown out of proportion and I don't know by whom," said the Austrian, before correcting himself to say "well, I do know..." As he spoke, the smiling Horner walked past, raising a finger to his nose and 'cocking a snook' through the glass of the hospitality unit before mimicking holding a mobile phone to his ear.

Wolff said he had simply told Jos Verstappen he felt there was a "negative spin in some of the media" about his son's driving that needed "to be counter-steered" for his own good.

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