Ex-F1 Driver on Max Verstappen’s Required Psychology – “We Talk on the Track”

Published 08/26/2021, 5:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton bumps fists with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in pole position and third place respectively Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny


One of the talking points about the 2021 season was the crash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver celebrated his victory in full swing, and the Red Bull prodigy, who was watching it from a hospital bed, stated it was “disrespectful” to do so. However, former F1 driver, Bertrand Gachot feels he wouldn’t have said a word if he was in that situation, and would’ve fought Hamilton on the track instead.

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Ex F1 driver states he would do his talking on the track, unlike Max Verstappen

The Dutch driver was vocal about what he thought of Hamilton‘s post-race celebration at Silverstone. However, Gachot doesn’t see eye to eye with Max and states he would have approached the situation differently if he was in Verstappen’s shoes.

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Speaking on an episode of Beyond the Grid, the French driver said, “I’m old school. I was talking to my kids about that, and I thought if I was Verstappen, I wouldn’t have said a word, I would not have told Hamilton what I am thinking.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after finishing first and second respectively in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

“Just said, ‘we talk on the track.'”

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Can Max come out on top at Spa?

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The 23-year-old is disappointed to have lost the lead in the championship ahead of the summer break. However, he is well aware that he has an opportunity to grab some points this weekend in Belgium.

Verstappen will be ready to give it all this weekend and push his arch-rival Hamilton to the limit as the zip around Spa on Sunday. He would be hoping to grab the twenty-five points to help him and his team to put on a fight in the drivers’ and the constructors’ championships.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga

What are your predictions for the twelfth round of the championship? Do you see Max taking the chequered flag for Red Bull? Or will Lewis add another victory to his bag this season? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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