Max Verstappen and Formula E: Drunk or what?  / System 1

Max Verstappen and Formula E: Drunk or what? / System 1

Two highly regarded single-seater races took place in Japan within a week – Formula E at Tokyo and Formula 1 at Suzuka. Max Verstappen praises Formula E drivers, but not the track.

Racing fans in Japan were served twice in a short time: On March 30, Formula E competed in the fifth race of the season on the streets of Tokyo. The traditional Formula 1 GP followed at Suzuka on 7 April.

We have seen five different winners in five electric races so far: Pascal Wehrlein in Mexico City, Jake Dennis and Nick Cassidy in Diriyah, Sam Bird in São Paulo and Maximilian Günther in Tokyo.

In Formula 1 there were three victories for Max Verstappen (Bahrain, Jeddah and Suzuka) and straight for Carlos Sainz (Melbourne).

Following the Japanese Grand Prix, world champion Max Verstappen was asked if he had taken the opportunity to taste Formula E.

The current 57-time GP winner replied: “What I like about Formula E is the high quality of the drivers. I was competing with some of them and a few of my friends are competing there, so I never forget Formula E.”

“But that’s not a category I would want to compete in myself. I thought it would be good to check the track in Tokyo, but I saw a bad jump in the middle of the track. I have to wonder, whoever nodded like that on the track must be drunk. I saw something very strange.”

“But again: There is a lot of talent in the Formula E field and that contributes to the fact that many races are very exciting.”

Maybe Max Verstappen’s pinprick is with Formula E chief executive Jeff Dodds. He recently said that Max Verstappen usually wins in Formula 1, and Formula E does not want to be a series like that.

Japan-GP, Suzuka Circuit

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:54:23,566 h
02. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +12.535 seconds
03. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +20,866
04. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +26,522
05. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +29.700
06. Fernando Alonso (E), Aston Martin, +44,272
07. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +45,951
08. Oscar Piastri (AUS), McLaren, +47.525
09. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +48,626
10. Yuki Tsunoda (J), Bulls Racing, +1 Round
11. Nico Hülkenberg (D), Haas, +1 lap
12. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +1 Round
13. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1 Lap
14. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), clean, +1 lap
15. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +1 Round
16. Pierre Gasly (F), Alpine, +1 Round
17. Logan Sargeant (USA), Williams, +1 Round
Guanyu Zhou (RCH), Sauber, Elektrik
Alex Albon (T), Williams, Crash
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), Racing Bull, Crash

World Championship Standings (after 4 out of 24 Grands Prix)

the driver
01. Verstappen 77 points
02. Perez 64
03. Leclerc 59
04. Sainz 55
05. Norris 37
06. Plate 32
07. Russell 24
08. Alonso 24
09. Hamilton 10
10. Walk 7
11. Tsunoda 7
12. Oliver Bearman (GB) 6
13. Hulkenberg 3
14. Magnussen 1
15. Alboni 0
16. Zhou 0
17. Ricciardo 0
18. Okon 0
19. 0 gas
20. Bota 0
21. Sergeant 0

Builders Cup
01. Red Bull Racing 141 Punkte
02. Ferrari 120
03. McLaren 69
04. Mercedes 34
05. Aston Martin 33
06. Running Bull 7
07. Especially 4
08. Williams 0
09. Sauber 0
10. Alpine 0