Walking around the Spa-Francorchamps paddock, F1 journalists Will Buxton and Lawrence Barretto were talking about the different teams and drivers ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.
Spotting Verstappen, Buxton decided it would be a good time to talk about the Red Bull driver with Verstappen saying ‘don’t talk about me’.
Responding that they would talk a little about him, Verstappen asked, “What do you mean? ”
He answered his own question: “Max is an f ***** Dutchman and I don’t know what he’s doing. “
. @ Max33Verstappen: “Don’t talk about me! What do you mean? ”
What do you want me to say?
Max: “Max is a Dutch ****** and I don’t know what he’s doing. ”
– tami. (@Vetteleclerc) August 28, 2020
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It is clear that the Dutch ****** knows what he is doing as Verstappen set the tone on Friday afternoon in the second downs.
With a 1: 43.744, he edged his former teammate Daniel Ricciardo by 0.048 seconds with Lewis Hamilton at 0.048 seconds.
Buxton continued, “He’s feeling really good right now.
“Obviously he’s going to miss the crowd and all of his fans, but he knows he has such a solid car under him.
“And is he really the only one who can bring it to Lewis this year?”
Barretto replied, “Yes, I really mean it.
“I know this might sound strange considering that there’s a guy in the same car as Lewis next to him in the garage.
“But Max has driven brilliantly this year, every time he’s finished a race he’s been on the podium.
“He’s in a car with a Honda engine that we criticized only a few years ago but which performs well.
“The Red Bull was a tricky car but he managed to get the most out of it.”
Verstappen is second in the Drivers’ Championship with 95 points, 37 behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton.
He is the only driver besides Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to have won a race this season, taking the checkered flag in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
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