- Max Verstappen received the US Grand Prix on Sunday, his fifteenth victory in 18 races
- The Dutchman was booed by followers as he raised the trophy aloft on the rostrum
- His companion Kelly Piquet didn’t appear impressed by the hostile reception in Texas
Max Verstappen‘s girlfriend was noticed slicing an unamused determine on the US Grand Prix on Sunday, as American followers booed the reigning world champion on the Formulation One podium.
Claiming his fifteenth race win in 18 makes an attempt, the Dutchman clinched the fiftieth victory of his F1 profession in Austin, Texas this weekend, edging out Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris to guide on the chequered flag.
A number of followers – a lot of whom supporters of the Dutchman’s Crimson Bull team-mate Sergio Perez – booed Verstappen as he headed to the rostrum to gather his trophy, whereas his Brazilian mannequin girlfriend Kelly Piquet watched on unimpressed.
Whether or not resulting from his aggressive driving type, his aggressive rivalry with Hamilton, his relationship with Perez or just his sheer dominance within the sport, Verstappen has change into an unpopular determine amongst a number of F1 followers in recent times.
In a video shared on social media, Verstappen is seen kissing and proudly holding the trophy aloft to the sound of followers booing and jeering over the Dutch nationwide anthem, with some shouting, ‘Checo’, in assist of his Mexican team-mate Perez.
Reigning world champion Max Verstappen was booed by followers after profitable the US Grand Prix
Verstappen’s companion Kelly Piquet appeared puzzled and unimpressed whereas he was booed
Piquet proudly supported her boyfriend Verstappen as he took the race win in Texas on Sunday
The footage pans to Piquet holding up a cell phone and recording her boyfriend on the rostrum, earlier than turning to the particular person subsequent to her with a puzzled and unimpressed expression on her face.
When requested if the booing irritated him, Verstappen instructed ViaPlay: ‘No, no. In the long run, I am the one who takes the silverware house, so all high quality by me!’
Hamilton, who at one stage appeared as if he may finish his 686-day await a Grand Prix win on Sunday, initially held Mercedes’ technique accountable after falling to second place behind Verstappen, pressured to accept a podium end. However the British driver was in the end denied his second-place end 4 hours later after being disqualified for working an unlawful ground.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who completed sixth, was additionally expelled for a similar illegality by 4 stewards in Austin.
When requested if the booing irritated him, Verstappen, pictured kissing Piquet on Sunday, mentioned: ‘No, no. In the long run, I am the one who takes the silverware house, so all high quality by me!’
Lewis Hamilton (left) and Lando Norris (proper) took the opposite locations on the rostrum on the finish of an entertaining race – however the Mercedes driver was later disqualified for working an unlawful ground