WATCH: Perez Cheekily Reminds Max Verstappen of His Clash With Ocon

Published 03/26/2021, 6:54 AM EDT
MONTMELO, SPAIN: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)


It’s no surprise to anyone following F1 for even a year to know that Max Verstappen does not like to lose. As the season kicks off today, his goal going in is to win races and if possible, overthrow the current champion.

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On Thursday, the Red Bull drivers had a press conference about the upcoming weekend. A young fan had a question for the Red Bull drivers – what was the hardest moment in their career and whether the passion is worth it.

The Dutchman could not recall a really hard moment when Sergio Perez reminded him of the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix where Max Verstappen was in the race lead. However, a lapped Esteban Ocon tried to overtake the Dutchman leading to a collision.

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The Red Bull driver lost the lead to Hamilton and finished P2. However, Verstappen believes it was just a part of racing.

He said, “It depends how you look at it, you get taken out, but is that really a hard moment in life? It’s a part of racing and unfortunately not really a hard moment. They’re are way harder moments in life than what happens at racing, you know?

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After the collision, Max believed that Ocon did not have to be aggressive because he lapped him. However, the Frenchman was on soft tyres and under the rules could go for the overtake. He believed that it was the Dutchman’s fault because he did not leave enough space.

Verstappen was not impressed and after the crash at the apex of turn two, he said, “What an idiot! What a f****ng idiot! I know what to say, I hope I can’t find him now at the paddock.”

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Sure enough, the Red Bull driver found Ocon at the paddock during drivers’ weigh-in. According to Max, he did not apologise and Verstappen was more infuriated. He then pushed the Frenchman 4 times and had a heated exchange of words.

What do you think? Who was at fault there and was Verstappen justified in the way he acted following the race?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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