Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen sent a quit threat to F1 bosses last week (Image: HOCH ZWEI/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images)

Red Bull’s lead driver, Max Verstappen, is poised to retain his driver’s championship this season. The new RB19 is flying on the track as Max and Sergio Perez take full advantage of it by pushing the car to the limit. In the recently concluded Australian Grand Prix, the 25-year-old cruised through a comfortable victory despite facing early setbacks.

Max was overtaken by Mercedes’ young gun, George Russell, in the opening few laps. However, after the chaotic restart, the Dutchman regained his position at the top and arrived first through the checkered flag. Moreover, after the win, Max Verstappen got yet another record under his belt. But, the fan reaction suggests a different picture.


Max Verstappen Loses Follower Count On Social Media During The April Break

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have been given a stern talking to by the FIA ( Image: PA)

The defending champion of the 2023 F1 season, Max Verstappen, equaled late Ayrton Senna’s record of recording 80 career podiums after winning the Australian Grand Prix. At the young age of 25, the Dutchman has already begun smashing long-withstanding world records. Moreover, he could likely emerge as the greatest driver the sport has ever produced. Despite all the glory on the track, Max’s public image seemingly took a hit. After the Aussie GP, Formula One went on to a long four-week break.

In the meantime, a Twitter user pointed out that Max Verstappen has lost around 2000 followers on his Instagram account. While losing 2000 followers is not a significant amount for a driver with over 9.7 million followers on Instagram, it certainly created a stir on the internet. It’s worth noting that Max is the only driver after Valtteri Bottas to lose followers this month. On the contrary, his arch-rival, Lewis Hamilton, gained 60000+ followers. This prompted the Mercedes fans to take a jibe at Max and FIA. The Briton’s fans are upset with Lewis being sidelined on the F1’s social media engagement and even accused them of running a vicious agenda against Hamilton. Regardless, the minor setback on social media is unlikely to affect Verstappen as he looks determined to retain his title this year as well.

Lewis Hamilton Shares Motivational Message On Social Media Ahead Of Baku Weekend

Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton started the campaign with two fifth-place finishes before securing P2 last time out in AustraliaCredit: Instagram / @lewishamilton

Formula One will resume after a long four-week break this week. The Azerbaijan Grand Prix will host the first sprint race of the season with a new format. Meanwhile, ahead of the race weekend, Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton is pumped to begin the week with positivity. Lewis has been under a lot of scrutiny for the past two seasons. Hence, this year is crucial for the Briton, who remains on the last stretch of his glorious career.

Ahead of the Baku sprint race weekend, Lewis Hamilton shared an Instagram story. The Mercedes driver wrote that he expects this week to be nothing less than amazing. Further, he wrote he would start the week with the right attitude and sent out positivity to his followers on social media. This week will certainly be crucial for the Silver Arrows as they intend to close the gap with a flying Redbull.