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Fans Lash Out at Maria Sharapova Over Controversial Past as She Presented F1 Champ Max Verstappen His Trophy

Published 05/28/2023, 9:38 AM EDT

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Maria Sharapova has become almost an F1 insider ever since she attended the Miami Grand Prix. While we didn’t expect her to be back so so soon, she arrived in the Principality and this time as a special guest of the FIA. Dressed in neon yellow, she presented the pole position award to F1’s reigning champion Max Verstappen. Though the Pirelli Award presentation caught our attention, a few drew long-drawn controversial similarities involving her past and that of the champion.

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In 2021, Lewis Hamilton and Verstappen entered the Yas Marina Circuit in championship hopes tied to the decimal point. But the last lap drama involving a controversial call by Michael Masi catapulted Max Verstappen to win the race and the championship. The much controversial call was reviewed and called a “Human Error”. Bastien Fachan posted a picture from Saturday’s pole position award ceremony, and wrote, “Someone who needed external help to win a major title, and Maria Sharapova” Fans immediately caught on to what the Tennis author was implying.

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Maria Sharapova is considered one of the best female tennis players in the sport. The tennis beauty arrived on the scene and clinched her first Grand Slam victory, winning Wimbledon at the nascent age of 17. Though she retired 3 years ago, the woman is still a massive attraction in the world of sports and even outside. Her glorious legacy was, however, tainted when she was handed a 15-month-long suspension as she failed a drug test. Though this is a story of the past, her rendezvous with a controversial F1 star has reminded the world of her “innocent mistake” and this is exactly what the fans remembered.


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Fans hail the “external help” remark digging into Maria Sharapova’s dark past

In 2016, Sharapova was handed a 15-month-long suspension from tennis as she admitted to innocently using meldonium because of her diabetes history. And though she claimed she was unaware of the implications, she took full responsibility for using the anti-ischemic drug and was deferred to participate in the Rio Olympics. And though the Tennis writer targeted Verstappen, the fans drew comparisons.


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Anmol is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. With a background in journalism and a passion for motorsports, she brings a unique perspective to her coverage of the world of F1. Anmol's interest in the sport was piqued after watching Lewis Hamilton's interview with David Letterman, and she has been a dedicated follower ever since.

Edited By: Varunkumaar Chelladurai