Max Verstappen calls George Russell ‘d***head’ after Azerbaijan GP Sprint race
Max Verstappen called George Russell a ‘d***head’ following the Azerbaijan Grand Prix sprint race.
Back-to-back Formula 1 world champion Verstappen lost his cool with the Mercedes driver after the pair tangled early on in the sprint race on Saturday.
Verstappen started in P3 for the new look sprint race following the format changes heading into this weekend in Baku, with Russell starting in P4.
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The pair came to blows at turn two as Russell looked to find a gap on the inside of the Red Bull driver who got away slower.
Verstappen was caught on camera confronting Russell about the pair’s battle earlier in the race, Russell could be heard saying “I’ve got no grip” before the Dutchman snapped back: “We all have no grip, we all need to leave a little bit of space”.
As Russell walked off, Verstappen seemingly unaware of the TV camera over his shoulder, called after him: “Expect the same next time” before dubbing the one-time Grand Prix winner a "d***head".
Russell certainly got his elbows out as the two went wheel to wheel through the opening corners before Russell eventually got the move nailed in turn three, leaving Verstappen clipping the wall on the exit and damage to the Red Bull’s side pod clearly visible, seemingly from the early racing.
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Verstappen eventually got his revenge on the track as he passed Russell following a safety car that was caused by Yuki Tsunoda, seeing the Dutchman finish in P3 with Russell coming home in P4, as Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez won the sprint.
Speaking after the race regarding the incident, Russell said: "He's got enough experience to know that if you're trying to overtake around the outside, there's a chance the guy on the inside will run wide into you.
"I don't think anything would have been different if the positions were reversed."
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