“Smeared Honey Around Our Mouths”: Verstappen Criticizes Wolff’s Behaviour Post Hamilton F1 Crash

Published 07/20/2021, 2:18 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

DISCLAIMER: Jos Verstappen has since denied being interviewed by F1 Insider


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The British Grand Prix opened the floodgates to an entirely different level of F1 rivalry between the two title contenders, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. But, the rivalry isn’t just restricted to the drivers. Max’s father, Jos Verstappen triggered a potential war of words between himself and Mercedes’ boss, Toto Wolff, too.

The senior Dutchman used some strong words to criticize Wolff. In the process, he also officially shut down any possibilities of his son switching to Mercedes in the future.


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What did the former F1 driver say?

As reported by F1-Insider, Jos claimed that Wolff had been in touch with him for years now, which was likely to pull the flying Dutchman out of Red Bull, and consequently into Mercedes.

You don’t celebrate your victory with such euphoria when your colleague is still in the hospital. And as for Toto Wolff: We have had good contact for years,” he said.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads at the start of the race ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

He kept calling and smeared honey around our mouths. I think everyone knows why. He didn’t get in touch yesterday. Now he no longer needs to call,” Jos added. (Translated via Google Translate)

The Verstappens were quite displeased with the way the seven-time world champion celebrated after lifting the GP trophy in front of his home crowd. Max, in specific, criticized Hamilton for pulling off such celebrations while his own racing colleague was in the hospital, recovering from a scary crash.


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Will there ever be clean racing between Verstappen and Hamilton?

It was undeniably a 50-50 blame on the two drivers for the incident around turn 9 at Silverstone. However, neither of the drivers were comfortable sharing the blame, and rather pointed fingers at each other.

The post-race reactions too said it all, with Verstappen showcasing an immense level of frustration after losing a chunk of difference to his rival on the drivers’ table. So, will the incident slow down either of them at Hungaroring?


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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Well, we hardly think so. In fact, Verstappen will probably maintain his aggression against Hamilton on the track, which could trigger the reappearance of the McLaren version of the seven-time world champion too.

Hence, looking at the heat that is going on between the two title rivals, neither Mercedes nor Red Bull will have enough nails to bite on by the end of this season. So, will Verstappen and Hamilton pull things back a bit in Hungary? Or will this season manage to witness more such chaos between the duo?


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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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