'Is this guy f***ing blind?': Max Verstappen explodes after epic crash

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Max Verstappen (pictured right) during the F1 and (pictured left) crashing with Lance Stroll.
Max Verstappen (pictured right) was furious after colliding with Lance Stroll (pictured left) during practice at the Portugal GP. (Images: @F1/Getty Images)

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has raged at Lance Stroll after a brutal collision in the second practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Verstappen collided with Stroll in practice, which brought a halt to the action for the second time in the day after Pierre Gasly’s fiery crash earlier in the day.

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The Dutchman attempted to overtake Stroll and struck the back of his car as they turned, which sent his rival spinning out on the gravel.

Despite the incident taking place in practice, Verstappen was furious at the Canadian and let his frustration out on the team radio.

“Is this f***ing guy blind?” he said on the team radio following the crash.

”What the f*** is wrong with him?”

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"I was so surprised that he just turned in while I was coming up to him. I don't know where I had to go," said the Dutchman, who refused to apologise for his language.

"It was just very unnecessary."

Racing Point boss Otmar Szafnauer saw it differently: "I can assure you 100% that Max knew Lance was there... but Lance doesn't know Max was there. It's pretty simple for me."

Both drivers were summoned to stewards.

Verstappen still ended the day second fastest, half a second slower than Valtteri Bottas, with Mercedes' six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton second in the morning and then eighth after lunch.

McLaren's Lando Norris was third in the afternoon, ahead of Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

Sparks fly behind Max Verstappen driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Portugal.
Sparks fly behind Max Verstappen driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Bottas was quickest in both morning and afternoon, continuing a habit of leading the way on Fridays, with an overall best time of one minute 17.940 seconds around the undulating Algarve circuit near Portimao.

For the eighth race in a row, including the Nurburgring where practice started only on Saturday due to bad weather, Bottas's name was on top of the opening timesheets.

The Friday morning prowess has not translated into wins on Sunday, however, with Bottas 69 points adrift of Hamilton after 11 races.

Hamilton has seven wins to Bottas's two and will be chasing a record 92nd career win on Sunday, having matched Michael Schumacher's all-time milestone at the Nurburgring on October 11.

Renault's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo was ninth in the morning session and 13th after lunch.

with AAP

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