WATCH: Priceless Reaction From Max Verstappen on ‘Handsome Boy’ Lewis Hamilton

Published 08/09/2021, 10:22 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after finishing first and second respectively in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


Although the sport’s summer break is going on, F1 hasn’t failed to entertain the fans. Channel 4 Sport recently played a prank on Max Verstappen, which may have given the internet another meme. In the hidden camera prank, the host, Steve Jones, disguised himself as a Scottish taxi driver. Max, oblivious to the situation, sets himself up for the worse taxi ride of his life.

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As the unusual car ride proceeded, Jones brought up Lewis Hamilton. In his version of a Scottish accent, Jones asked him what Hamilton was like. Max replied, “He’s alright, to be honest, I mean, we both live our own lives… he’s fine.”

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The highlight of the video, however, was Max’s reaction to the statement: “Good lookin’ boy! Handsome boy!” used to describe Lewis. Verstappen looks up from his phone with what one can only describe as confusion. Jones nudges, “Good lookin’ chap!”

After a very silent thought, Verstappen quickly says, “yeah.” The Dutchman’s eyes hilariously dart around as if looking for a means to escape.

A lively side to Max Verstappen

After his outburst at the Hungarian GP, this interview showed another side of the Red Bull driver. While Jones rambles on about dates in Monaco, the Spice Girls, and other bizarre topics, Max, though confused, reciprocated his energy with funny answers.

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In a bit, Jones even talked to Max about Sergio Perez. When Jones asked him what his favorite thing about his teammate was, Max simply replied, “He’s a normal guy, it’s easy to talk to him.” 

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in pole position with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

Max also sweetly laughed at the jokes his driver makes, even though they didn’t always make sense. When Jones revealed himself, Max’s reaction may have been the cherry on top. Back to his cussing self, Max laughs at the situation. He innocently added, “I thought there was a bomb under this car, so I jumped out!” 

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A glance through the comments on the video only shows how much the audience loved seeing the less stressed-out version of Max. As he enjoys his summer break far from bomb threats, and hopefully, annoying taxi drivers, we will next see Verstappen in the Red Bull at Spa.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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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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