Despite Growing Toxic Fan Behavior, $2 Gesture Unites F1 Arch Nemeses Red Bull & Mercedes

Published 08/13/2022, 10:00 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – July 24, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the race alongside second place Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The Turbo Hybrid era has seen some intense rivalries between teams. The last few seasons have seen Red Bull and Mercedes go hammer and tongs for the title, especially Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull golden boy Max Verstappen.

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They have produced some stunning races and title fights. This was especially the case with the 2021 season, which saw their strife for success hit an all-time high, producing a season for the history books. The fans loved the battle between the 2 drivers and even now they leave no opportunity to bicker among themselves.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – July 24, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the race with second place Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

At times, it is great to see fans banter with each other over the teams they support.

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In a recent clip, some Dutch F1 fans did just that when they had Red Bulls delivered to a table of Mercedes merch-donning fans in Budapest.

 

It was all in good spirit, and everyone enjoyed a hearty laugh about the whole saga.

However, not all fan interactions are this wholesome and peaceful.

The Hungarian GP saw the ugly side of things come to light with some questionable actions which saw Max Verstappen enraged.

Max Verstappen lashes out at fans who burned Mercedes merchandise

The rivalry between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton has been brewing for the last few seasons. It finally boiled over in 2021 with their rivalry hitting new heights.

It is almost like their on-track battles are complemented by their fans bickering off track.

However, some fans took things too far. A clip of Max Verstappen fans donning his merch has surfaced where they can be seen setting a Mercedes cap alight.

Max Verstappen has come out and condemned the actions of his fans.

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He said, “Yeah, that’s of course not acceptable.”

“These individuals, I definitely don’t agree with that, because that’s just disgusting.”

This incident comes just weeks after the ordeal at the Red Bull Ring, which saw a range of allegations against the fans for misbehaving and causing major trouble.

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Now, not only Verstappen but a lot many people will be hoping that the fans do not let their emotions get the best of them while they come to support their favorite driver during race weekends.

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Divyansh Priyadarshi

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Divyansh Priyadarshi is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his under-graduation in computer science engineering and is naturally drawn to the intriguing data-driven world of Formula 1. Being an author at ES isn't his first stint in penning down thoughts for his favorite sports, as he has a solid prior background in writing content for soccer, NBA, and UFC.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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