Red Bull Racing had a gala time in Miami this weekend. Both their drivers, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, secured podium finish, with the Dutchman emerging as the winner. Sergio started on the pole but was eventually outperformed by his teammate, who cruised past him after having to start the race from P9 due to an unfortunate end to the qualifying session.
Max Verstappen registered his third win of the season. He previously won the Bahrain and Australian Grand Prix comfortably as the brand-new RB19 is gaining an immense advantage through DRS. Moreover, the Reb Bulls are dominating heavily as the second-best team on the grid, Aston Martin finished 10 seconds behind. However, the fans in Miami weren’t too pleased with the results and gave an unfriendly reception to the Dutchman.
Max Verstappen Responds To Boos Hurled At Him From The Miami Crowd
Red Bull Racing’s lead driver, Max Verstappen, reasserted his dominance during the Miami GP. A costly mistake and unfortunate circumstances jeopardized his qualifying session as he finished P9. However, the Dutchman covered it up at the main race as he climbed his way up to the top with good strategy. However, during the podium ceremony, the crowd booed Max incessantly as he received his winner’s trophy. The cheers were loud and might have reached the ears of Verstappen as well.
Meanwhile, Max Verstappen has responded to the incident. He said people perhaps would not have said anything had he finished at the middle of the grid. But the Dutchman feels it’s normal for people to be jealous of his win. Max says when you are winning, there will always be a certain fraction of fans who would not like it, and he is fine with it. As long as the 25-year-old is winning and remains on the top, the rest of the things do not matter. At the end of the day, Verstappen’s ultimate goal is to take the trophy back home. Overall, it remains to be seen if and when the Dutchman faces further booing from the crowd at future races, but the incident in Miami has certainly raised questions about the behavior of fans and the need for greater sportsmanship in the sport.
Lionel Messi Outshines Verstappen To Claim Laureus World Sportsman Of The Year Award
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen won the prestigious and iconic Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award in 2022, owing to his thumping championship win in 2021. He beat Lewis Hamilton in the controversial final race in Abu Dhabi and claimed his first career championship. However, this year, the Dutchman has been outclassed by none other than the sporting legend Lionel Messi. Messi led his side, Argentina, to their first FIFA World Cup victory last year. Hence, the footballer claimed the award this year and thus disallowed Verstappen from retaining the title.
Max Verstappen currently leads the drivers’ championship table by a significant margin. His teammate, Sergio Perez, is gunning him down from the second place. The duo has had neck-to-neck races so far, and the fight is likely to intensify from here on. However, amid the conflict, Red Bull stays focused on providing the best possible support to both drivers and ensuring that both are being treated equally.