WATCH: F1 Star Max Verstappen Takes a Savage Dig at Man United After Winning US GP

Published 10/24/2021, 6:23 PM EDT
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The United States Grand Prix was a spectacular race for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. The Dutch driver even earned praise from his fellow countryman and footballer, Virgil Van Dijk.

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The Liverpool defender applauded the 24-year-old for this heroics at the Circuit of the Americas. Additionally, Verstappen praised Van Dijk as Liverpool claimed victory over arch-rivals, Manchester United.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Seco

Max Verstappen earns the respect of a Liverpool defender

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In the world of sports, game recognizes game. That was the exact case with Verstappen at the United States Grand Prix. The Red Bull prodigy was praised by Dutch footballer, Van Dijk and in return, Max praised him as Liverpool thrashed United.

Being told that Van Dijk praised him, Verstappen replied, “Yeah yeah totally destroyed Man United. Great defense you know.”

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The Dutchman extends his lead in the championship

The Red Bull prodigy already had a 6-point lead in the title race against Lewis Hamilton and was hoping to extend it further. The 24-year-old was true to his word, as he won the race from start to finish at the Circuit of the Americas.

As it stands, the 6-point lead has been turned into the 12-point lead in the driver’s championship. Hamilton will be hoping to bounce back at the upcoming Mexican Grand Prix, with the aim of turning the tables in the championship. Meanwhile, Max will aim to grab another win for his Milton-Keynes-based squad this season.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 23, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during qualifying REUTERS/Mike Blake

After a year’s hiatus, the United States Grand Prix was back on the F1 calendar, what were your thoughts on the race? Let us know 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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