Max Verstappen caused controversy after his victory in the Las Vegas GP when he sang ‘Viva Las Vegas’ over the on-board radio. What was intended to be fun has led to criticism for the three-time F1 champion.
Prior to the Las Vegas GP, Verstappen had expressed strong criticism of the race in ‘Sin City’, stating that it was 99 percent show and only 1 percent sport. This criticism was not well-received by F1 owner Liberty Media and Formula 1. However, after his victory, Verstappen’s attitude seemed to suddenly shift, leading to further backlash and criticism on social media.
Former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer also criticized Verstappen’s behavior, calling it hypocritical for him to change from being extremely critical to suddenly very enthusiastic.
Overall, the controversy surrounding Verstappen’s behavior before and after the Las Vegas GP has sparked discussions about the promotion of events and the need to wait until after the race to form an opinion.