Max Verstappen caught flipping off George Russell at Monza

Max Verstappen went on to win the Italian Grand Prix.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen amusingly showed Mercedes’ George Russell the finger in Monza after growing frustrated at the Briton during practice at the Italian Grand Prix.

Verstappen was trying to set some qualifying laps in the final practice session on Saturday morning, but Russell was on a race run, so both were entitled to continue on their way as they were.

The Dutchman quickly grew impatient at being stuck behind Russell though, so he fumed over the radio to his engineer, Gianpiero Lambiase.

“What is this?!” exclaimed the reigning champion, before Lambiase suggested that Russell might be facing a trip to the stewards after the session.

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In his anger, the 31-time race winner showed the bird to the 2018 Formula 2 champion, before eventually passing him on his way to setting the fastest lap in FP3.

Verstappen qualified second in Monza behind Charles Leclerc, but was sent down to seventh by an engine grid penalty.

The 24-year-old quickly recovered through the field in the opening stages of the race though, and he made his way past second-placed Russell.

Verstappen went longer on his first stint than Leclerc, who had stopped under a Virtual Safety Car, but that caution period ended when the Monegasque was still halfway through the pit lane.

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The Dutchman had caught back up again after his stop, so the Scuderia brought Leclerc in again, but he could not make any in-roads on his title rival.

A late Safety Car threatened Verstappen’s lead, but Daniel Ricciardo’s retirement came too late for Leclerc, so race control did not have enough time to shuffle all of the lapped runners through and restart the race.

Verstappen crossed the line under yellow flags to claim his 11th race win of a stupendous title defence, and he leads Leclerc by 116 points in the championship.