Verstappen’s expletive-laden response to Brazilian GP question

Interlagos marks the end of a gruelling triple-header for the F1 circus

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Max Verstappen was shocked at the quick arrival of the 2023 Brazilian Grand Prix, and didn’t try to hide that surprise when facing the media at the Circuit of the Americas.

Verstappen was speaking after he cruised to victory in the United States GP sprint, he was completely unchallenged after turn one and took the chequered flag ten seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen has cut a noticeably more relaxed figure in the Formula 1 having wrapped up the 2023 drivers’ championship in Qatar, and that apparently extends to his diary management based on his response to a question about the Brazilian GP.

“We go to Brazil in two races? Oh, no s**t, Sherlock. F**k’s sake,” Verstappen replied.

Interlagos marks the end of a gruelling triple-header for the F1 circus, as it travels the length of the intercontinental Americas from Texas to Mexico City and finally just inland of Brazil‘s Atlantic coast.

It’s been an entertaining affair though, with Austin providing one of the highlights of 2023 before the Mexico City GP was the best race of the modern era at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Interlagos will also host the third sprint weekend in four races, which Verstappen was typically excited about.

The Dutchman has been by-far the most successful sprinter in F1 with five wins since the format was introduced in 2021, but continues to rail against the weekend changes.

And that didn’t change after Mercedes and McLaren ran him close at the Circuit of the Americas, with Verstappen taking victory after starting sixth.

“Well that’s the problem with the sprint format, if you make a mistake with the setup, you’re stuck with it for the rest of the weekend and that’s something that I don’t like so that was the case last year,” Verstappen added. “So I’m quite confident that we can do a better job this time.”

Hamilton: No chance of beating on-form Verstappen

Mexico City GP 2023 winner Max Verstappen of Red Bull and Second placed Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes on the podium | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

However, Hamilton didn’t seem too optimistic about his chances of beating Verstappen – he finished second behind the Dutchman on track both days in Austin and in the Mexico City GP by a combined margin of 25.6 seconds.

Hamilton has won three of the last six Brazilian GPs, but gave a reserved response when asked at the Circuit of the Americas if he’s likely to add to that tally.

“With the pace they have – they’ve got half a second here – they’re gonna have at least two or three-tenths by that race,” Hamilton said. “So we’re not in the same league as them at the moment. maybe to get second or third but if Max is on form then there’s no chance.”

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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