Max Verstappen explodes against Lewis Hamilton: "Stupid idiot ..."

The contenders for the title had an incident during the last day of Friday of the GP of the United States.

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With a pulse on the court that ended in insult, the tension between the candidates for Formula 1 World Championship, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), increased in intensity on Friday in the last free practice of the United States Grand Prix.

At the hottest moment, Hamilton infuriated the drivers' leader Verstappen by overtaking him on the inside as the Dutchman headed into the last corner of the race. Austin Circuit of the Americas (Texas).

Max VerstappenThe seven-time world champion British Mercedes' Mercedes caused Verstappen to leave the track and made it difficult for him to return for the final stretch, in which they rolled paired with their cars inches apart.

The Dutchman, who leads Hamilton by six points in the general classification, protested the action on the team radio and called him "stupid idiot" showing him his middle finger. The Dutchman never seemed to regain his poise and finished eighth at 878/1000 behind Sergio Pérez, his teammate.

Two days before the Austin race, the 17th of the 22 rounds of the season, the rivalry between the two drivers has intensified considerably after their clashes at the Italian Grand Prix in September and the British Grand Prix in July.

Max VerstappenThe Red Bull team boss, Christian horner, was later more conciliatory in statements to the press. "Obviously they were lining up to start the lap and Lewis decided to get ahead of Max there," Horner told UK Sky TV. "They have an unwritten rule in sessions like this that they take turns and Max was signaling that he was first in line."

Verstappen, who is chasing his first Formula 1 championship at age 24, never found a space to make another attempt. “Why do we always go in traffic. Jesus"he claimed in a later radio message.

 

After the session, without a helmet but wearing a mask, Verstappen expressed his bewilderment at an unusual incident in these training sessions. "It was just a traffic jam"he said before addressing the incident with Hamilton. "We are all lined up to do our laps, so I don't really understand what happened there."

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