As Max Verstappen was preparing to start his push lap during United States Grand Prix Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton came up behind him and they went wheel-to-wheel across the start-finish line.
At Turn 1 Lewis moved ahead on the inside line and passed the Dutch driver, which caused him to back away from his flying lap and raise his middle finger toward the Briton.
Verstappen then said over the team radio: “Ha, stupid idiot”, to which his race engineer responded with: “Ignore it, don’t worry about it”.
After the session the Dutch driver was asked what happened.
“Yeah I don’t know, I mean we were all lining up to go for a lap, so I don’t really understand what happened there,” Verstappen said.
If you like SilverArrows.Net, consider supporting us by buying us a coffee!
Well, according to Sky F1 pundit, and 2009 F1 champion (and Lewis’ former team-mate), Jenson Button, Verstappen was rattled by the Briton’s ‘game’.
“They had a slow car in front and you normally take it in turns to start your lap,” Button said.
“They’re all on new tyres. It’s kind of an agreement between the drivers but Lewis jumped down the inside.
“I don’t know if that was playing games or what but obviously it did rattle Max a little bit. He was very upset on the radio and there was something on his hands they [the TV broadcast] were blurring out there.
“I know what it feels like but it’s how you control yourself after that and hopefully the team will sit down with him, get him calm so he can focus on FP3,” concluded the Briton.
You can watch the ‘drag race’ below.
— Formula 1 (@F1) October 22, 2021