WATCH: George Russell & Max Verstappen Engage in a Sarcastic Conversation Following the Belgian GP

Published 08/30/2021, 9:34 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 Williams’ George Russell talks to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/John Thys


Following the rather uneventful Belgian GP on Sunday, Max Verstappen and Lando Norris kicked off a banter in the paddock, sarcastically congratulating each other for completing the ‘tough’ race at Spa. Interestingly, Norris wasn’t the only driver to host such a conversation with the race winner.

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Soon after, it was George Russell in place of Norris. The Williams driver walked to Verstappen while the Dutchman was busy interviewing for Spanish media, DAZN. The duo then joined together for the interview and started off their own discussion with each other.

Sweet interaction between Max and George during an interview for spanish TV after the race today from formula1

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Max had a fantastic race today,” Russell said. Subsequently, Verstappen replied, “George was putting a lot of pressure on me the whole race. I was trying to be late on the brakes.

Russell claimed his first-ever podium in F1 at Spa, only a race weekend after claiming his first-ever points for the Williams F1 team. Also, the UK-based outfit enjoyed their second consecutive double-points finish, carrying them farther away from Alfa Romeo in the constructor’s table.

George Russell reckons he could fight Max Verstappen in 2022

During the interview with DAZN alongside Verstappen, the podium-finisher affirmed that he was pleased to fight alongside his former rivals, Verstappen, and others at Spa.

Interestingly, the Briton further reckoned that he could well engage in more such battles from the next season. The only possible explanation for the statement is that he could be racing for a top-field team. And the only team he has been associated with since his F1 debut is Mercedes.

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Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 Williams’ George Russell celebrates on the podium with the second place trophy REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

A Special situation for me, obviously, because I’ve not been in this position many times in my Formula 1 career,” Russell said.”But, you know, it’s nice to be up there with Max, you know, guys like Max and Charles, who we raced for so long, 10 years ago in 2011. 

You know, fighting each other. Personally, I wanna be back there, fighting with these guys. Hopefully, not too long,” the Briton added.

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Overall, it looks like Russell has done enough to impress the Mercedes, and they do seem impressed. Hence, with just months left on the 2021 calendar, will Mercedes bring about the much-yearned announcement of signing Russell for 2021 and beyond?

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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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