Reporter Reveals Comical Aftermath of Max Verstappen’s Infamous Outburst in Hungary

Published 08/03/2021, 4:29 AM EDT
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


Following the qualifying session at Hungaroring, Max Verstappen visibly looked very bitter after losing out to both the Mercedes. And his anger went up a notch during the press conference when the interviewer, Tom Clarkson, asked him a question regarding the Dutchman’s collision with Lewis Hamilton at the race start on Sunday.

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Verstappen demanded that the interviewers stop approaching him with such questions, as he reckoned he had been answering them since he joined the paddock on Thursday.

However, there was barely any news over what actually happened after the encounter between Verstappen and Tom. Well, here it is. While hosting the F1 Nation podcast episode, Tom revealed that he apologized to the Red Bull driver. However, what he never expected was the kind of response he received from Verstappen.

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What did the F1 Nation host say?

During the podcast, Tom confessed to Damon Hill that he did upset Verstappen with the question, and that was why he had approached the Dutchman to issue an apology.

I did upset him. And then, because he was effing at me all of that, so I thought, ‘I better apologize for that. But, if I apologize immediately, he’s just probably gonna eff at me again. So, I’ll do it right at the end’,” he told Hill.

So, at the end, I go, ‘I’d just like to apologize for some of the language’. And as I was saying that, Max was walking past me and goes, ‘don’t apologize for my language’.

Max Verstappen blows up quite easily: Tom

During the conversation with the former F1 driver, Tom reckoned that Verstappen does get triggered quite easily. However, he also felt that the 2021 title contender doesn’t necessarily hold on to it, and rather lets go of such bitter moments very easily.

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But, you know what? The thing about Max is he does, I think, blow up quite easily, but then, it defuses very quickly, always with him actually,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after the race Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga

As he was walking out of the room, he did say, ‘I know it’s not your fault Tom’. And that was the last I heard.

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Overall, it looks like things have eased between the duo since the awkward encounter at Hungaroring. But with pressure mounting back on his head after a couple of horrendous race weekends, are we set to witness more such outbursts from Verstappen this year?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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