On April 29 (Saturday), after the fiery F1 Sprint race had finished in Baku, Azerbaijan, Max Verstappen was heard calling his Mercedes rival George Russell “D***head” in the parc ferme area. This incident happened in the aftermath of their clash on turn 2 in the opening lap, which ended up ripping a hole in the sidepod of the Red Bull car of the current F1 world champion.
When Max Verstappen confronted George Russell about the accident during the F1 Sprint race, the latter responded to him by saying, “I had no grip”, in an apologetic manner. After hearing that, the Red Bull driver wasn’t impressed and stated, “Mate, we all have no grip. We all need to leave a little space.” As the Mercedes driver walked away from him, the Dutchman continued, “But expect it next time the same, you know. D***head.”
Also, during the sprint race in Baku, Verstappen was furious at Russell and said the following on his team radio, “I don’t understand how he can keep the position when he’s damaging my car.” Shortly after the Red Bull driver regained his third place, his engineer was heard on the radio saying, “Lovely job, without contact as well.”
It was the Mexican driver Sergio Perez of Red Bull, who won the F1 Sprint race after overtaking Charles Leclerc of Ferrari in Baku, Azerbaijan. His teammate Max Verstappen ended up finishing third on the podium after getting ahead of the Englishman George Russell. Further down the field were Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, and Lance Stroll, who finished amongst the points on Saturday in the sprint race.