Verstappen Teases English Fans With Painful Reminder of Euro 2020 Loss Ahead of British GP

Published 07/16/2021, 9:26 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


A home race is uplifting to the drivers whose fans come out to cheer them on. Not that it hurts those who aren’t getting cheered on. It’s not a cause-and-effect relationship, but drivers genuinely look forward to the noise from the stands; a sound they have missed out on dearly from the previous season. The Silverstone Circuit guarantees to be at full capacity this season.

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That is 140,000 Brits in the stands. The number doesn’t seem to deter championship leader Max Verstappen, who will race Hamilton at his home track. Verstappen jabs at the English football fans, Italy also managed to win the European Championship final at Wembley, right?” 

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The Dutch driver is 32 points ahead of reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton. While Hamilton claims to be excited to hear the roar of the crowds at Silverstone, Verstappen believes he won’t be too affected by it. He started F3 at the circuit and “is one of [his] favorites.”

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Championship Leader Max Verstappen

While Verstappen claims that the British fans won’t affect him, he didn’t seem to mind the chants at Austria. The Red Bull ring echoed with the shouts of “Super Max” as the orange smoke floated over the Orange Army.

It was all well-deserved, of course, as Verstappen remained undefeated throughout the triple header, and even ended it with a career first Grand Slam.

Super Max has been having a Super Season thus far. He is posing to be a major threat to seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton. The Dutch driver has been unstoppable and has definitely ‘Unleashed the Lion’ on Mercedes.

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Mercedes claims to be enjoying the competition, but it’s no doubt that Max, along with RedBull, threatens their current standing. While Mercedes looks to stay optimistic about their competition, Redbull charges through.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

It has been a while since the sport has been this nail-bitingly interesting. The sprint format this weekend only looks to shake things up. Fans or no fans, Hamilton and Verstappen will be as focused as ever to beat the other to the checkered flag.

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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