“Max Verstappenhardt Jr”: Twitter Goes Crazy Amid Embarrassing Max Verstappen-Dale Earnhardt Jr Mix Up

Published 12/13/2021, 4:15 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JUNE 30: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, looks on during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 59th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on June 30, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)


The Formula 1 title-deciding race in Abu Dhabi was so insane that it won’t be an exaggeration to say that everyone lost their minds for a while. It doesn’t matter if you were an F1 fan or a NASCAR fan or anyone else, everyone was in disbelief at what transpired over the last lap. So much so, that for a moment, someone thought Dale Earnhardt Jr. was crowned as the F1 champion.

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Yes, you read that right.

People magazine posted a picture of the iconic NASCAR driver on their F1 race report piece.

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And fans on Twitter had a lot of fun with this mistake from the globally known magazine.

Dale Earnhardt Jr urges NASCAR to join hands with Formula 1

Last month, in one of his podcast episodes, Dale Jr. suggested that both racing leagues join hands for a joint event. But he also suggested that NASCAR may have to bow down a little to F1 for obvious reasons.

He said, “In this situation, for an F1-NASCAR double-header to ever happen, no way ever is F1 going to be second fiddle, they’re never going to be the opening act. Not going to happen, so NASCAR would have to be willing to be that opening act. I think that would be okay.”

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“It’s kind of like having a concert. Somebody has to be the headliner, and both bands think they’re the top band. Nobody wants to open for the other, and if you’re the first race, you’re looked as maybe the lesser of the two. So the egos of the series, between NASCAR, IndyCar and F1, or whoever has these companion events, you have to put those aside.”

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 30: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #8 Hellmann’s Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway on August 30, 2019 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Only time will tell whether NASCAR and F1 hold a joint event together. But for now, for the sake of banter, let’s just hope that the FIA gives Dale Earnhardt Jr. the championship trophy at their awards in a few days.

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That may not top the drama that was created in Abu Dhabi, but still, wouldn’t that be something?

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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