Max Verstappen left ‘agitated’ by Daniel Ricciardo pole celebrations before going on to win Mexican GP
- Max Verstappen dominated the Mexican Grand Prix after starting from second
- But the Dutchman went into race very irritated according to father, Jos
- Verstappen denied chance to become youngest pole sitter by Daniel Ricciardo
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Max Verstappen’s irritations from missing out on pole position at the Mexican Grand Prix spurred him on to win the race claims his father, Jos.
The Red Bull star was pipped by his team-mate in qualifying, denying him his best chance in the last three races of becoming the sport’s youngest ever pole sitter.
But the Dutchman was in fine fettle on race day, taking the lead from second into the first corner before going on to dominate at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.
Max Verstappen dominated the Mexican Grand Prix to win after starting from second
Verstappen celebrates his win in the pitlane with Christian Horner (left) and Helmut Marko
However, his father claims that Verstappen went into the race incredibly wound up following a poor night’s sleep, issues with his car and Ricciardo’s huge celebrations after snatching pole by just over two hundredths of a second.
Along with his notable delight while out of the car with celebratory gestures, the Australian screamed down his radio in delight after hearing of his pole lap.
‘I wasn’t happy either, but I spoke to him before going to sleep. I tried to calm him down a bit,’ Jos Verstappen told Dutch TV show Peptalk.
‘He was upset because the car wasn’t right. [On Sunday morning] he said right away he slept very badly.
Verstappen’s father Jos told Dutch TV that Max was left very irritated following qualifying
Daniel Ricciardo celebrates after pipping Verstappen to pole by just 0.026 seconds
‘He was irritated because he missed out on pole and because of the car, but also because of Ricciardo’s exuberance celebrating pole.
‘So he was really agitated and he only wanted one thing – to win that race.
‘I already received messages from my sister and my daughter saying, ‘Hopefully he won’t do anything crazy’. But usually when Max is mad he just goes faster.’
With three podiums in a row, Verstappen heads into the final two races of the season with a fighter’s chance of snatching third place in the drivers’ championship.
Retirements from Ricciardo in the last two races ensure the Dutchman will end the year top dog at Red Bull, but now attentions turn to trying to overhaul Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas.
Verstappen (left) congratulates Ricciardo on his pole position at the Mexican Grand Prix
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