Max Verstappen came up with a witty ‘Grandma-related’ radio message while chasing Lewis Hamilton in the 70th Anniversary GP.
The tyre degradation at Silverstone has been a major talking point since the last race here. We had witnessed multiple tyre failures at last weekend’s British Grand Prix.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz suffered from front-left tyre failures, which resulted in Bottas and Sainz losing out on points. Lewis Hamilton somehow managed to drag his car past the finish line and win the race.
Pirelli has been under fire since then, and have completed a thorough investigation to assess the tyre failures. The Italian manufacturers put the blame on the drivers using the tyre more than it should be used for in a track like Silverstone.
Max Verstappen gets too close to Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes
Today, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen got in right behind the Mercedes, and looked set to take the track positions. He eventually passed Valtteri Bottas and maintained his P2 position.
But initially, Max was asked to not go too close to them, and look after his tyres. Max was clearly not impressed with it, and let his team know on radio what it means to him to get so close to the Mercedes.
Decent radio banter from Verstappen after he is told to drop back from Hamilton:
“This is the only chance to be this close to the Mercedes. I am not going to sit behind like a grandma.”
— Philip Duncan (@PhilDuncanF1) August 9, 2020
“Mate this is the only chance to be this close to the Mercedes, I’m not just going to sit behind like a Grandma!”
Max Verstappen eventually took the lead of the race after Red Bull put in a radio message asking him to close the gap on Hamilton. To help his cause, Hamilton pitted, which allowed Max to lead the race for the second time in the day. Hamilton ended up in P4 after his pit stop.
Update: Max Verstappen won the 70th anniversary Grand Prix with Hamilton and Bottas finishing up on the podium.