F1: Verstappen calls Russell “Princess George” (Update)

(GMM) Having called George Russell a “d*ckhead” on live television, world champion Max Verstappen then upped the ante by also describing the Mercedes driver as a “princess”.

Red Bull’s Verstappen was furious about finishing only third in the Baku sprint race – a format he already despises – with sidepod damage caused by the Russell clash.

“Russell was smart to leave his helmet on,” said Dr Helmut Marko.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz sensed that the incident between Verstappen and Russell was “personal”, especially as the Dutchman remained furious some time later.

“No, I’m not furious,” the 25-year-old told De Telegraaf newspaper. “It’s just a shame.”

Verstappen admits the way Russell handled the confrontation in parc ferme certainly irritated him.

“He explains it all nicely, like all the Brits do,” he said.

Russell insisted he did nothing wrong, and that as world championship leader Verstappen should have been more careful about taking a risk by remaining on the outside.

“Oh, defending on the outside is not allowed because Princess George is there?” Verstappen hit back.

Ultimately, Verstappen’s mood was not helped by the defeat not only to pole sitter Charles Leclerc in second place, but also his very own Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez who won the 17-lap sprint.

Ferrari boss Frederic Vasseur, however, is not getting carried away about the Maranello based team having apparently caught up with Red Bull.

“Even though we were faster than Red Bull in the qualifying sessions, they are still ahead of us,” the Frenchman told Sky Italia.

“When Perez opened his DRS, it looked like a rocket.”

April 30, 2023 

–by Mark Cipolloni–

After the Azerbaijan Sprint Race Saturday, Max Verstappen called George Russell a ‘princess’ when Russell said that he was surprised that Max was trying to maintain his position on the outside.

“Oh, defending on the outside is not allowed because Princess George is sitting there?

I know, it’s his problem.”

“Apparently it’s hard for them (Mercedes) not to touch a Red Bull.”

“From my side, the moves were all on,” Princess George had said. “If the roles were reversed, I’m sure he would have done exactly the same. It’s part of racing.

“We’ll move on, we’re big boys, this is Formula 1.

“I wouldn’t have tried holding it around the outside on lap one of a street circuit. The driver on the inside has got the inside line and the corner is already lost.

“We always say between us as drivers, if you’re trying to overtake on the outside, you know the risk. Hopefully, he’s learned the risk today.”

Max Verstappen examines the hole Princess George put in his sidepod. Red Bull engineering chief Paul Monaghan says Max Verstappen was lucky George Russell’s contact with him in Baku sprint did not lead to retirement. “Fortunately it missed the radiator just underneath the ancillaries so we didn’t get punted out.”
That didn’t take. Did Max stuff the Princess in his car’s hole?



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