Max Verstappen, often likened to the “Hulk” of the F1 industry, lived up to his nickname by transforming the seemingly unattainable into reality in Texas last weekend. The three-time World Champion has transcended the capabilities of an average driver, securing his 50th career win at a remarkably young age.
The Dutch sensation clinched victory at the US Grand Prix after a not-so-satisfactory qualifying run, which led him to start the race in sixth place. It was an incredible performance; however, it was disheartening to witness Verstappen face a measure of disrespect from fans as he stood on the podium to receive his well-deserved accolade.
Sergio Perez urges Mexican fans to show respect
Verstappen has claimed victory in 15 out of 18 races this season, securing his third drivers’ championship in Japan last month, whereas Perez has struggled to find stability throughout the season. While receiving the award at the United States GP, Verstappen was booed by fans of Perez, Hamilton and other drivers’ on the podium.
In response to that incident, despite the constant struggles faced by the Mexican for his continuous failures, Perez urged his Mexican fans to convey a global message during the Mexican GP by showing respect for his Formula One competitors and Red Bull teammate, Max Verstappen.
He encouraged his followers to draw attention to the key message of a regional #racepect campaign, insisting that whatever happened on the racetrack should remain confined to it.
Checo told reporters at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Thursday: “I think it’s important that we give this message because I think media likes to create these sort of driver rivalries outside the track.
“We are a great sport, a great example for a lot of young generations and we should just be focused on the sport side.
“Whatever happens on track should always stay there and that’s the best message we as a country want to give to the rest of the world.”
Max Verstappen to have bodyguards at Mexican GP
To prevent a similar situation, it is reported that Verstappen will be accompanied by bodyguards at the Mexican Grand Prix. The driver was mainly bullied by Perez’s fans as he failed to help the Mexican secure second place in last season’s championship after he ignored a team order at the penultimate round in Brazil.
Verstappen commented about the entire scenario by saying, “Supporting your favourite driver is fine, but you also have to respect the competition.”
“This is not only in our sports, it’s a general problem in a lot of them that needs to be looked at and it’s good to raise awareness of it.”
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