The Grand Tour host wrote about the moment at the end of last weeks Brazilian Grand Prix when Verstappen was asked by his Red Bull team to let his teammate Sergio Perez past during the last lap in order to help him get more points towards second place in the driver’s championship. Verstappen has already won the championship for the 2022 season and was sitting in sixth place so was not in line for a podium finish, so really there was nothing in it for him to not let Perez back through.
This has blown up in the F1 world and now Clarkson has given his opinion on the situation. The former Top Gear host went back to this time last year when Verstappen won his first wold championship at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, another controversial moment in F1. Clarkson said:
“Despite the controversy, we were all thrilled when he won his first world championship. And even more thrilled when he won his second.
“But then, during one brief radio message in the closing stages of last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, everyone suddenly decided that actually he was a b***ard.”
Clarkson claimed the request from the team was “no big deal”. He continued:
“Now, there was one time – in Monaco – when Sergio really didn’t help Max but there have been plenty of other occasions when he actively did. And that’s not important.
“What is important is that Max disobeyed his boss and publicly came across as a spoiled, entitled brat who simply doesn’t understand the concept of kindness.”
Clarkson did admit that Verstappen was “probably the best in the business” but couldn’t resist making a comment about how the Red Bull is faster than the other cars, referring to the Red Bull cost cap saga.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has kicked off this weekend and Verstappen has taken pole position for the race tomorrow. The last race of the season will start with the two Red Bull’s, then the two Ferrari’s, and then the two Mercedes so it should be an interesting race to finish on, but hopefully nothing controversial this time.
It’s fair to say that Max Verstappen has one hell of a car collection. But his car at work is simply one of the finest the sport has ever seen.