“Nice Dinner, Expensive Wine” – Max Verstappen Slams the FIA for Taking Money Out of His Pocket

Published 11/13/2021, 4:20 PM EST
Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 21, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Mike Blake


There was a lot of drama surrounding the Brazilian Grand Prix, as after the qualifying session Max Verstappen inspected Lewis Hamilton’s car. This caused the FIA to make the Red Bull driver pay a hefty fine.

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The Dutch driver took a few shots at the governing body, asking them to go out for an expensive dinner and drink expensive wine, and he would happily pay for it.

Max Verstappen fires shots at the FIA after being requested to pay the fine

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The Red Bull prodigy was asked to pay fifty thousand euros after touching the rear wing of Hamilton’s car in Parc Ferme. Verstappen is happy to pay the fine and even joked that the stewards have a liking for expensive wine.

As quoted by Speedweek, Verstappen said, “The buses are quite intense, I hope the FIA people treat themselves to a nice dinner with a lot of expensive wine, they can invite me to pay the bill.”

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a press conference after winning the United States Grand Prix FIA/Handout via 

Valtteri Bottas was curious and asked, “Do you have to pay for it?” to which the 24-year-old replied, “Yes, I’ll pay for that out of my pocket.” (Translated from German via Google)

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Can Max extend his lead at the Brazilian Grand Prix?

The Dutch driver was starting the sprint race in first place and hoped to take the chequered flag from start to finish. However, Max lost the lead to Bottas, and had to settle for second place, but is content with himself as he bagged two points in the process.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 13, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez at the start of sprint qualifying REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Now he has a 21-point lead over the Knight in the driver’s championship and aims to extend it in Sunday’s race. While, Hamilton will hope to prevent him from doing so, and bridge the gap in the title race.

With the Brazilian Grand Prix just a few hours away, what are your predictions for the next chapter in the Hamilton – Verstappen rivalry as they battle it out at Interlagos? 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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