Max Verstappen ‘distracted’ in bizarre fashion

Max Verstappen's win at the Canadian GP saw him join Ayrton Senna as a 41-time race winner.

Reigning World Champion Max Verstappen extended his championship lead to 69 points last Sunday, following another dominant display at the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix.

It marked the Dutchman’s fourth consecutive win and his sixth overall in 2023, whilst it was also the 41st of his Formula 1 career.

His win saw him draw level with three-time World Champion Ayrton Senna, who also claimed 41 victories during his tragically shortened time racing at the pinnacle of motorsport.

As well as that, Verstappen’s win was Red Bull’s 100th since they joined the sport in 2005, meaning it was truly a day for the entire team to celebrate.

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If that wasn’t enough, the 25-year-old’s win was the 200th for one of Adrian Newey’s designs, with the RB19 perhaps being the best of the lot.

Verstappen started on pole and made a typically excellent start, before maintaining a comfortable advantage to Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton behind.

The Dutchman led every lap and was seemingly never really challenged, even though Alonso was just under 10 seconds behind him.

It was yet another perfect day for Verstappen, which was made even sweeter with Sergio Perez having finished P6.

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Verstappen was absolutely on it all weekend once again; albeit, with a few downshift issues on the opening day.

The Red Bull driver actually showed how aware he is to everything going on around him on Friday, following a trip to the Red Bull pit box in Free Practice 2.

Verstappen informed his side that the yellow line in their pit box wasn’t straight, something he found a “bit distracting”.

The yellow line is used by the drivers to know where to position their front wheels, to ensure they’re in the middle of the pit box.

“Our yellow line, in the pit stop, in the middle, it’s not straight compared to the white lines,” Verstappen said over team radio.

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“It’s a bit distracting.”

Verstappen now heads to the team’s home race at the Red Bull Ring, where he’ll be aiming to eclipse Senna’s total number of wins.

Next weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix is one where he can certainly get an even tighter grip on the 2023 Drivers’ Championship, which he is more than likely to claim following a mesmeric start to the season.