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MotoGP Star Brad Binder Gives Voice to His Max Verstappen Fantasy During Light-Hearted Interview

Published 01/14/2023, 6:30 AM EST

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Max Verstappen’s rise in Formula 1 and his popularity outside of the sport has been phenomenal. And winning the championship twice in a row during the sport’s new growth has only strengthened it.

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As evidence of the preceding statement, two-time MotoGP winner and Moto3 world champion Brad Binder recently stated in a video shared by the official MotoGP channel on YouTube that he would like to swap lives with Max Verstappen for a day so he could try an F1 car. The South African driver, who rides for the Red Bull KTM factory team in MotoGP, has been a part of the Red Bull family for a long time and uses the number 33, just like Max Verstappen did before becoming the world champion.

Binder also says in the video that Max Verstappen would be the celebrity he’d like to go on a road trip with. He says, “If I had to go on a road trip with anyone from the paddock, I’d’ probably choose Jack. A celebrity Let’s go Max Verstappen. [Switch lives for a day] From the paddock, I would swap with Bagnaia because he’s been winning a lot lately. If I could switch lives with someone for a day, I think it will also have to be actually Max Verstappen to try a Formula One car.”


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Retweeting the clip on Twitter, Red Bull KTM said, “👋 Paging @redbullracing Seems @BradBinder_33 would like to swap with @Max33Verstappen for a day to try his F1 car.” Now, whether Binder would get to drive Max’s car or not might be easy to say, but we can surely see the team with over a decade of experience in F1 sparing an older ride for him to try.

The Max Verstappen rule


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Max Verstappen made headlines for weeks when he joined the Toro Rosso team in 2014 as a mere 17-year-old. The Dutchman’s arrival itself forced the FIA to raise the minimum age limit for drivers to 18 in 2015.

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Then came the Verstappen Rule. In 2017, the FIA introduced a rule change in Formula 1 that prohibited drivers from moving under braking while defending their position during a race. This rule, also known as the “Verstappen rule” or “moving under the braking rule,” was introduced following a number of high-profile incidents involving the Dutchman, who was known for using this tactic to defend his position. However, this rule was quickly revised and was not enforced for the rest of the 2017 season. The rule was not reintroduced in future seasons.


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Verstappen’s influence has not yet peaked. We’ve seen the kind of impact Lewis Hamilton has had on the sport over the years, both directly and indirectly. So, it’d be safe to assume that Verstappen has a long way to go.



Manan Goel

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Manan Goel is a Formula 1 author at EssentiallySports. As a literature student at Delhi University, he had been a geek for fiction and a nerd for sports. He claims Sebastian Vettel was his first love after seeing him at the Indian Grand Prix, and he has been a fan of the sport and Red Bull ever since.

Edited By: Varunkumaar Chelladurai