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Kylian Mbappe Once Put the Spotlight on Max Verstappen for Mimicking His Signature Move

Published 12/05/2022, 8:15 AM EST

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Each motorist races for a similar goal, to win the races. But do you know what makes each driver different? It’s their peculiar celebration style. All of us know the infamous “shoey” celebration of Daniel Ricciardo, but what some of us might have missed was THIS ‘great‘ celebration of the Red Bull ace Max Verstappen.

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Last year the way Verstappen celebrated his incredible win at the French Grand Prix grabbed the attention of many and one among them was the French soccer superstar Kylian Mbappe.


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In a blistering season batting with rival Lewis Hamilton, Verstappen, with the help of some fantastic team strategies, pulled off a great win at the French Circuit. On the penultimate lap, the Dutch lion overtook the seven times champion and gained a 2.9 second lead. The French Grand Prix was held at the home nation of Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe. And as it turns out, the player had a close eye on the race.

After crossing the chequered flag, Max Verstappen chose to celebrate his win in Mbappe’s style. He sat on his RB16B with his folded hands, just like the PSG player does after scoring a goal. Post the race Kylian Mbappe shared an Instagram story to applaud the Dutchman’s efforts. He wrote, “Congratulations Max Verstappen. Great celebration.”

Later on, in a clip uploaded by Formula 1, the Dutchman revealed what made him imitate the celebration of the French player.

Max Verstappen revealed how he got the idea to imitate the celebration at the French GP

Back in June last year, an interviewer asked Verstappen, “Are you guys friends? What’s the relationship there between you two?”

To this, the Dutchman quickly replied,” I met them after the Monaco Grand Prix at my apartment and I was amazed how normal he is and you know, just a great guy who has a lot of talent in [soccer].”


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Later the Red Bull ace revealed the chat with Mbappe made him do the celebration, he said, “when you meet a person, you know you start talking about stuff and I thought it would be a fun celebration to do.”


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Aditya Srivastava


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Aditya Srivastava is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Although he has completed his undergrad in History, due to his passion for the field, he couldn't hold himself back from entering the world of Sports Journalism. Being a huge fan of Formula 1, Aditya has taken up multiple internships and freelancing gigs where he got to pen down his thoughts about the most prestigious form of motor racing in the world.
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Ranvijay Singh