Max Verstappen’s Most Infamous Crashes 


Well, it happened again. Reigning triple world champion Max Verstappen has long been criticized for his perceived over-aggressive nature and unwillingness to yield in wheel-to-wheel battles.

At the recent Austrian Grand Prix, the critics were out in force once more as the championship leader took out his nearest rival Lando Norris after being locked in battle towards the latter stages of the race.

The British driver attempted to overtake the Flying Dutchman on three separate occasions to take the lead of the race and while the pair very nearly collided in on the first two, the third time was ultimately the charm.


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With Verstappen holding the inside line, he braked late into turn three and forced Norris off the track. The young Brit had nowhere to go, running into Verstappen as he attempted to turn right down the second of three DRS zones.

The collision resulted in Norris’ subsequent retirement from the race and handed Super Max a ten-second penalty. He was still able to finish in fifth place however and extend his championship lead, with the latest Formula One betting odds now making him a huge 7/100 favourite to win a fourth straight title this year.

As we all know, this is hardly the first time that Verstappen has been caught in an ugly incident. Here are his most infamous crashes throughout his illustrious career thus far.

Belgium 2016

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At the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix, Verstappen’s aggressive start led to a controversial first-corner clash with the Ferrari duo of Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel, effectively ending the latter’s hopes of pipping Lewis Hamlton to the World Championship.

As the Red Bull man tried to gain positions at the La Source hairpin, the three cars collided, causing significant damage, particularly to the two prancing horses.

The young Dutchman’s uncompromising approach was criticized by many, including his fellow drivers, who felt that his aggressive tactics were too risky, something that has continually risen to the fore throughout his time in Formula One.

Azerbaijan 2018

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One of the most dramatic crashes involving Verstappen occurred at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2018. In a rare intra-team collision, Verstappen and his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo tangled while battling for position on the streets of Baku.

The Australian attempted an overtake, but Verstappen moved to defend his position, resulting in a crash on the fastest part of the circuit at the end of the longest straight on the calendar, taking both cars out of the race.

Great Britain 2021

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Perhaps the most talked-about crash in recent years was the collision between Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the 2021 British Grand Prix. On the opening lap, as the two title contenders fought for the lead, they collided at Copse corner.

The Briton’s Silver Arrow had assumed the inside line into the corner and Verstappen seemingly had to yield in order to avoid a collision. He ultimately did not do that, resulting in him careening into the barriers at high speed, resulting in a 51G impact that ended his race.

Hamilton was deemed to be the man at fault and ultimately received a ten-second penalty however, he would still emerge victorious by hunting down Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari and overtaking him during the race’s latter stages.