Max Verstappen lashes out at doubters over ‘cheating’ accusations during Grill the Grid interaction

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but he does stay pretty true to himself in almost all public and media interactions.

The two-time world champion has been in breathtaking form this year and with only half the season gone, it seems a mere formality that he will make it three successive titles.

Max Verstappen and Lando Norris. Credit:
Max Verstappen and Lando Norris. Credit:

Such has been his dominance that he has had to deal with certain accusations of cheating in recent times, but it has done little to deter him.

Ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix, the 25-year-old was speaking on the ‘Grill the Grid’ series as the drivers finally made their way to interact with the media following a month-long break.

The show basically centres around regular trivia from the sport’s history, but the manner in which it began may have raised some eyebrows.

Before a single question was asked, Max was asked: “You weren’t accused of cheating last year, were you?”

“Not on Grill the Grid, no!” Verstappen said, keeping a straight face before bursting into a fit of laughter.

As far as the quiz itself was concerned, Max put in a decent shift.

Along with veteran F1 driver Fernando Alonso, he was the only one to know that Damon Hill once drove with the number 0 on his car.

Meanwhile, out-of-favour Ferrari ace Charles Leclerc was asked to name two drivers from his team to have won the world championship.

He took a significant time before taking Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen’s name.

Funnily enough, both McLaren drivers struggled to name which teams were named after racers despite the fact that their own team was named after Bruce McLaren, who featured in F1 from 1958 to 1970.

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