Rickie Fowler Has Huge Praise for F1’s Max Verstappen

Published 04/27/2021, 3:00 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen reacts after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


Rickie Fowler is a golf professional, but he has interests in other sports as well. Fowler is notably a big motorsports fan and goes crazy about Formula One. Fowler is yet another golfer who’s enthralled by the world of F1, and the five-time PGA Tour winner is a big admirer of Max Verstappen.

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It is always amazing to see athletes across different sports showering respect upon it other. It makes things more worthy and interesting when these guys recognize the mutual talent. Rickie Fowler is known to be a Lewis Hamilton fan when it comes to F1, but he’s recently super impressed by 23-year-old Red Bull driver Max Verstappen. 

Rickie Fowler is a fan of Max Verstappen’s driving

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Fowler recently connected with ‘The Ringer’s’ Kevin Clark where spoke about a variety of topics. That’s when the golfer revealed that he almost watches every Formula One race when he’s free of any practice or tournament commitments. 

Mar 18, 2021; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA; Rickie Fowler stands on the green of the 8th hole during the first round of The Honda Classic golf tournament at PGA National (Champion). Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

A few minutes into the interview, host Kevin Clark asked Rickie Fowler if he’d like to dedicate a moment to the best performer from last week. It could be anyone but should’ve impressed Rickie Fowler. 

“Actually, will go back to F1 and let me give it to Max [Verstappen],” Fowler mentioned, implying that Verstappen is his winner of the week. Rickie Fowler brought up Max Verstappen after the Dutchman’s triumph at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

“Big win. Obviously tough conditions early in the race and then finding that transition period when the switch to slicks, a lot of stuff went on on Sunday morning,” Fowler added. 

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates second place on the podium with the trophy Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Fowler’s answer took Clark by surprise, but the former really seemed to be impressed by Verstappen’s drive last week. The 23-year-old won a thriller in Imola and roared to a fantastic start to the season. 

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Fowler is keen on an F1 style documentary for golf

Netflix documentary ‘Drive to Survive’ is purely based on Formula One. There are already three seasons that have been released on the platform. and it takes a viewer through the ins and outs of F1. 

Fowler believes the golf fans would also love to take a broader look at the sport and get acquainted with what goes on behind the scenes. “I think there is a lot of content and space for it to be done because people don’t really see the full ins and outs of what we do,” Fowler said. 

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“That’s really what people want right now. It’s not just here to do normal stuff that you can watch on TV,” he mentioned. 

Rickie Fowler does prefer an F1-style documentary about golf. Of course, there’d be enormous content, and it remains to be seen if anyone can produce something of that scale. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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