$200 Million Worth Max Verstappen Was Once Forced to Race in Pre-Owned Boots in Doomed Championship-Defining Grand Prix

Published 08/30/2022, 10:25 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen kicks the wheel of his car after crashing out of the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

The premier motor sporting competition is one of the hardest sports to get into. However, once one does, it’s a handsomely paying job, with the most money being earned by regular race winners. Keeping that in mind, we don’t even need to mention how well-paid Max Verstappen would be.

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Verstappen has seen a meteoric rise in the sport in the past few years. The 2021 champion win also earned the Dutchman a mega contract until 2028. Couple his salaries with the endorsements and the Red Bull man is worth around $200 million. However, even men worth $200 million are sometimes helpless, as Verstappen’s personal trainer details a story from Baku.

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Brad Scanes is the world champion’s personal trainer and revealed an interesting story on the PitStop podcast. He told the hosts, “In Baku last year, he (Verstappen) was wearing a blue pair of boots. That was basically because we were sent the wrong size boots and we borrowed off of someone in F2.”

Scanes later revealed the boots were of one, 20-year-old New Zealander, Liam Lawson. Scanes also revealed he and the team tried everything to get the Red Bull man his boots, but nothing was possible. The last flight was out so Scanes was running around himself looking for an alternative.

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In the end, the alternative was the pre-owned boots of Liam Lawson. The boots did not bring any luck to Verstappen as the Red Bull man had a tire failure on the Baku straight from a leading position.

This incident really outlines the real and human aspects of the sport. A topic that is further discussed in the Podcast.

Brad Scanes gives his thoughts on Drive to Survive’s contribution to F1 as Max Verstappen makes his return

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Scanes talks about human aspects of the sport, which was arguably missing in the past. The fans, thanks to Drive to Survive, can get closer to the drivers and get insights into a driver’s characteristics.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the drivers parade REUTERS/Johanna Geron

Discussing the same, Scanes said, “I think with Drive to Survive, no one really knew that there were like stories within the paddock. — No one really knew all this stuff that was going on.”

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He then later reveals Verstappen will make his return to the series after being absent in the past few seasons. With this long time coming, the Dutchman will be a central figure, one would assume.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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