Mercedes chief makes X-rated Red Bull comment while collecting F1 title at FIA ceremony

Max Verstappen prevails in world title shoot-out

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Mercedes chief technical director James Allison made an amusing X-rated gag about their relationship with Red Bull following the controversial 2021 season finale. Max Verstappen pipped Lewis Hamilton to the F1 Drivers’ Championship at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. 

It was a divisive culmination of the race that helped Verstappen. Hamilton had led for almost the entire race but a safety car allowed Verstappen the opportunity to defeat the Brit after cars in front of him were allowed to unlap themselves.  

Mercedes submitted two protests which were thrown out by the FIA. They then announced they had withdrawn an appeal on Thursday. 

The rivalry between the two teams was the main talking point of the season and Verstappen and Hamilton have at times exchanged blows verbally and also on the track.  

And that pressure has often bubbled over between the two teams. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner have shared a frosty relationship.  

That has led to Allison quipping about the rivalry after picking up the constructors’ world championship for Mercedes. 

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He joked that both teams ‘get on each other’s t*ts’.  

“I can’t stress enough what a massive pleasure it is to be able to pick up this trophy today after a championship of such quality and to have the pleasure of fighting like cats and dogs all year with Red Bull,” Allison said.  

“Brilliant opponents. We get on each other’s t*ts a bit. But that’s how it should be and it was just a fantastic fight. So, yeah, very grateful for that.” 

Verstappen has also spent the last few days reflecting on his rivalry with Hamilton. 

Celebrating at Red Bull’s headquarters in Milton Keynes, he conceded that he did at times ‘hate’ the 36-year-old.  

“You look each other in the eye. You don’t say a lot but you do relate a lot and you really appreciate the fight,” Verstappen told the BBC at Red Bull’s headquarters in Milton Keynes.  

“Sometimes we did hate each other, but that’s fine. That’s the competitive spirit of both of us. He is an incredible driver.” 

Nicholas Latifi’s crash in Abu Dhabi prompted a safety car to be deployed. Five lapped cars between Verstappen and Hamilton were initially told they could not unlap themselves.

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However, the FIA then controversially changed that decision, which effectively allowed Verstappen a free run at Hamilton on fresher soft tyres. 

Mercedes were left fuming with the result, which saw Hamilton miss out on a record eighth world title, but Verstappen has insisted that the gong was won on the track.  

“We have won it on track. People say it was a lucky win. Absolutely, the win was very lucky,” the 24-year-old continued.  

“But we also have been very unlucky throughout the season, otherwise the championship would have been decided way earlier, even with the dominance Mercedes had towards the end of the season.  

“I’m like, ‘Well, sometimes a little bit of luck in your life is nice as well.'”
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