Max Verstappen Not in Favor of Dutch GP F1 Organizers’ ‘Ugly’ Eco-Friendly Gesture

Published 09/03/2021, 7:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard


After being removed from the racing calendar last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dutch Grand Prix returns this year after a long 36 years.

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It will be an enormous boost for the local hero Max Verstappen, as he will drive for the first time in his backyard and one can surely expect an electrifying atmosphere from the Orange Army.

Although the Dutchman is buzzing to drive and clinch another victory in his homeland, one thing Verstappen is not a huge fan of is the special winner’s trophy.

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Max Verstappen dislikes the winner’s trophy at the Zandvoort

Ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix, former driver Robert Doornbos in a Heineken and Formula 1 event revealed the special trophy the winner gets to take home. The trophy is entirely made of recycled material.

Meanwhile, this year title contender, Max Verstappen is not a huge fan of the special winner’s trophy and labels it: “Ugly”

Stop booing is not up to me, I just need to focus on driving: Max

After the opening lap collision between the two arch-rivals Lewis Hamilton at Max Verstappen at Silverstone, the Dutch fans displayed their dissatisfaction towards the Briton by booing and jeering. The Dutch GP organizer, Jan Lammers, has already urged the fans to behave during the event but it seems Orange Army will take full advantage of their home race.

Meanwhile, during the driver’s conference, Max Verstappen reveals he cannot stop his supporters from booing and he needs to focus on the driving.

“They are passionate and support their local club. It is not up to me to say that booing is not allowed. I just need to focus on what I’m doing on the track. I’m sure most people are here to have a great weekend, to watch cars race,” said Verstappen.

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Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates his first place on the podium REUTERS/Christian Hartmann.

“Of course there will be booing from some people, I can’t determine that. You can tell them not to, but do you really think they’ll listen to me? I just hope they have a good weekend,” the Dutchman concluded. (Quotes translated via Google)

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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