No Bad Blood Between Russell And Verstappen Following Azerbaijan GP

Giancarlo Perlas May 5, 2023

George Russell and Max Verstappen have apparently cleared the air after their clash at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. It should be remembered that the two Formula 1 drivers had a heated exchange after their collision during last Saturday’s Sprint, but both have now claimed that they are ready to move on from the incident.

Mutual Respect Prevails

In an interview, Verstappen said that he has no problem with Russell and that there is no need to clear the air between them. Russell, for his part, also pointed out that he has a lot of respect for Verstappen and that he is looking forward to racing him again.

The incident at the Azerbaijan GP between the Mercedes and Redbull drivers was merely a reminder that even the best drivers can make mistakes. It also went on to show that tensions can run high in the heat of the moment, but that ultimately, sportsmanship and respect should prevail.

Focusing on the Miami GP

Looking ahead to the Miami GP, both Russell and Verstappen are hoping to put the incident behind them and focus on the race. For Russell, it will be a chance to improve on his eighth-place finish in Azerbaijan, while Verstappen will be looking to extend his lead in the championship.

Mercedes, who are currently third in the 2023 constructor standings, will be gunning for a better showing in Miami, too. Russell has acknowledged that their car is not quick enough, but he remains optimistic that they can compete with Aston Martin and Ferrari.


Overall, the incident between Russell and Verstappen serves as a reminder that F1 is a highly competitive sport where emotions can run high. However, it was also a reminder that sportsmanship and respect should always prevail, and that drivers should be able to put their differences aside and focus on the race.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo Perlas is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations, particularly in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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