Max Verstappen sparks controversy after ugly incident

Max Verstappen is in hot water after a controversial incident over the weekend.

Reigning World Champion Max Verstappen was involved in an ugly incident during a recent sim racing event, where the Dutchman purposefully wiped-out a competitor.

The Dutchman is a keen sim racer and was participating in a three-hour GT race on popular platform iRacing.

The race itself was held virtually at Spa-Francorchamps and was titled as the Golden Toast Grand Prix, with Verstappen having been competing for Team Redline as usual.

Verstappen stormed to pole position and was in with a great shout of victory, until an incident occurred mid-race.

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With an hour and 50 minutes remaining in the race, the Dutchman was hit from behind whilst under braking by German racer Sven-Ole Haase at the La Source chicane, which caused the Red Bull driver to collide into his team-mate.

Both Team Redline drivers span as a result, with Verstappen having seen red.

Verstappen quickly got back underway and caught Haase, as they approached the Les Combes.

It was very clear that the 25-year-old had a plan in the back of his mind, something the commentator recognised.

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“Max Verstappen, I think, is making a statement,” said the official livestream commentator.

“It’s going to be ugly, just give it a sec. Just wait, just wait, here we go.”

Verstappen opted to cut across Les Combes in order to get himself right behind Haase.

As they entered Bruxelles, Verstappen had absolutely no intentions on braking and completely wiped-out Haase, resulting in the duo crashing into the barrier.

“Sven Haase not the best friend of Max Verstappen after all that,” stated the commentator, before later adding whilst watching a replay: “I’m afraid Verstappen has overreacted horrendously to that.”

It certainly wasn’t a good look for Verstappen, who has caused controversy in sim racing before.

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Verstappen recently quit the Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual mid-race, due to issues with the event’s servers.

Verstappen was in the fight for the win at Le Mans until his team were dropped from the server, before finding themselves well behind the leaders when they finally rejoined.

The Red Bull driver certainly seems to be involved in more accidents in the virtual world, than he does in the real world.