Max Verstappen reveals hilarious gift from Red Bull after DRS woes

Despite his dominance in 2022, Max Verstappen’s season was almost derailed by early retirements and technical issues.

Max Verstappen has shown fans the hilarious gift he received from Red Bull after his infamous DRS issues at the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix.

On his way to a second consecutive Drivers’ title, Verstappen took victory in 15 rounds of the season but technical issues could’ve cost him the trophy.

This was most notable during the Spanish Grand Prix when DRS issues plagued the Dutchman’s race, sparking anger over the team radio.

Having lost out on pole because of technical trouble during qualifying, Verstappen couldn’t get his DRS to open during the race.

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Hot on the heels of George Russell, Verstappen shouted down the radio: “Where’s the f****** DRS?”

“Man, we can’t even make the f****** DRS work. Unbelievable.”

When he was told that he was actually accidentally closing it, Verstappen replied “Because I’m pressing it 50 f****** times before it opens.”

Even with the additional hassle of reliability issues, Verstappen managed to win the Grand Prix, beating out his own teammate Sergio Perez and the Mercedes of George Russell.

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Making light of the situation after the race, Verstappen has revealed that Red Bull gifted him the broken DRS actuator.

“The team gave me a present,” he revealed during a Twitch stream. 

“It’s a can of Red Bull, it’s machined out of one piece, and the DRS actuator is in there.  

“How cool is that?

“And then it says ‘DRS, I have no f***ing DRS’.  

“At the back it says, at the time my race wins and career points. It’s really nicely done.  

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“I thought that was a really nice present.”

Verstappen finished the 2022 season with 454 points, 146 ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and 149 ahead of Perez.

The Dutchman’s strong performance during the season, alongside his teammate, gave Red Bull 759 points, more than enough to seal the Constructors’ Championship.