Max Verstappen Calls George Russell ‘Princess’ In Baku

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - APRIL 29: Third placed Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing and 4th placed George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes talk in parc ferme during the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on April 29, 2023 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202304291179 // Usage for editorial use only //
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - APRIL 29: Third placed Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing and 4th placed George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes talk in parc ferme during the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on April 29, 2023 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202304291179 // Usage for editorial use only //

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.”

Advertisement

Want to save this information for later?

More in News

Ferrari Fastest On Day 2 Of Pre-Season Testing

Have Ferrari Closed The Gap To Red Bull In 2024?

The 2024 Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain has been ...
Formula 1 Testing In Bahrain Day 1

Who’s The Favourite To Win The Bahrain Grand Prix 2024?

The Formula 1 season is just about to begin, and ...
Ford Frustrations Growing In Ongoing Horner Saga

Ford Frustrations Growing In Ongoing Horner Saga

The Formula 1 community anticipates that the resolution of the ...
Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel Eyeing Sensational F1 Return

Sebastian Vettel could actually be considering an astonishing comeback to ...
2025 Red Bull Deal Still An option For Sergio Perez

2025 Red Bull Deal Still An Option For Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez may yet secure a deal to continue his ...

Trending on F1 Chronicle