Max Verstappen calls Lewis Hamilton stupid idiots

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BInsults and a middle finger from Max Verstappen in the direction of Lewis Hamilton on the day of training – the World Cup competitors are quickly up to temperature at the Formula 1 weekend in Texas before the race on Sunday (9 p.m. CEST in the FAZ live ticker for Formula 1 and on Sky) came. After a wheel-to-wheel duel over the entire start and finish straight, Red Bull driver Verstappen insulted the world champion in the Mercedes on Friday as a “stupid idiot” and showed Hamilton the middle finger.

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After the clearly better times in the first practice session, the Silver Arrows in the second session in the afternoon were no longer so superior and had to hand over the best time to Sergio Perez in the Red Bull. His team-mate, Verstappen, did not make the very fast lap he had hoped for and was therefore audibly pissed off. “I’ve had enough,” radioed the world championship leader after he was again prevented from driving freely by other cars. He came into the pits and switched to test mode for the long haul.

In the first practice session, Verstappen was the only driver less than a second behind the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton. With asphalt temperatures of 38 degrees in the afternoon, Perez and Lando Norris in the McLaren were faster than Hamilton and Bottas.

Lewis Hamilton is the favorite

With five wins from the previous eight races, Hamilton is the favorite on Sunday. But Verstappen has also had very good results in the past on the circuit that is popular with drivers. “It’s a good track, a course where you can enjoy driving. You can definitely overtake here, that’s what makes it special, ”he said on Thursday.

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