Max Verstappen reacted furiously to George Russell after cutting him off in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix sprint race on Saturday.
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez won the sprint race, with Charles Leclerc second ahead of Verstappen in third.
But the Dutch driver was infuriated by the incident with Mercedes driver Russell on the second corner of lap one, which left a hole in the sidepod of the world champion’s Red Bull car.
After the race, Russell tried to explain himself, saying, “I didn’t do it on purpose, mate. I had no grip. I just closed.
The Dutchman was unimpressed with the claim, retorting: “Dude, we all have no grip, we all have to leave some space.”
Max Verstappen and George Russell had a blast after the Azerbaijan Sprint GP race
Verstappen told the British driver to ‘expect the same next time’ after being cut on the track
“Look at the edge,” replied the 25-year-old from King’s Lynn.
Verstappen replied: “Yes, of course. Expect the same next time. Shit head.’
Afterwards, Russell explained the situation to Sky Sports. He said: “I was inside and you never risk that when you’re outside and I’m not going to hold back because he leads the championship.”
“I was surprised he was trying to hold it around outside. He has more to lose than me. The contact was unintentional, I wanted a clean fight. I was surprised that he resisted the position.
“I’m surprised why he was so angry he still finished in P3. He has enough experience to know that if you try to pass on the outside, someone could hit you on the inside. I don’t think it would have been any different if the positions had been reversed.
Verstappen and Russell were in clinch on the first two laps of the 17-lap race
Verstappen was a vocal opponent in the sprint races, and he was unimpressed with Russell’s tactics through the first two corners of the 17-lap race.
The Dutchman issued a number of radio complaints when the British driver took third place – although Verstappen was able to reclaim the place later in the competition.
Verstappen’s race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase said the overtake was “without contact as well”, to which the two-time world champion replied acidly: “I know how to do that”.
The Dutch driver starts Sunday’s main event second on the grid, behind Frenchman Leclerc, but Russell is back in 11th place.