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MAX

VERSTAPPEN’S

INNER

CIRCLE


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A dampener for the world champions:

Lewis Hamilton starts today

from only fourth place, his

teammate Bottas is fifth.

A CELEBRATION

IN SPIELBERG

Contract extension in Spielberg: Lewis Hamilton will remain

in F1 with Mercedes for another two years.

Wonderful scenes in Styria: tens of thousands of fans,

the majority in orange, were able to attend the party

we’ve all been waiting for during the qualifying for

the Austrian GP. In front of this splendid backdrop,

the drivers were beating each other to record laps,

much to the pleasure of relishing spectators. This is

what racing should be like!

For the Verstappen fans, who visually dominated

the grandstands, yesterday went exactly in their

favour: pole position, Sergio Pérez backing him up,

and the two Mercedes in the rear-view mirror.

Everything is set for a super Sunday!


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Dr Marko and the Honda engineers summon the horsepower spirits before

qualifying – successfully. All four Honda cars make it into Q3!

Sergio Pérez tackles the Austrian GP from right behind Max in the second row.

First job for tomorrow: catch Norris on the way to turn 1!

Out in Q1: both Haas, Latifi in the Williams, Kimi in the Alfa and Alpine’s Ocon

(not in the picture). George Russell takes 9th place on the grid.

Superstar in a parallel universe: mountain bike legend Fabio Wibmer was caught

enjoying some top reading material in the paddock.

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Confident pole-setter and favourite

for a fourth victory at the Red Bull

Ring: Max Verstappen is clearly the

man to beat today.


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Life under the big bull at last: tens

of thousands of Dutch fans turned

Spielberg into a place that felt like

it was right behind the dam.

Honour to whom honour is due: Mick Schumacher was once again in complete

control of his Haas teammate Mazepin.

Early exit: Alpine driver Ocon. After a misunderstanding with Vettel, teammate

Alonso didn’t have much to gain either: P14 for the veteran driver.

After the accident in round 1 last weekend, Pierre Gasly wants to show what the

AlphaTauri is capable of. Starting sixth on the grid, his chances are good.

Honda power dominates at the Red Bull Ring: “slowest” was Yuki Tsunoda

(his command post in the pits pictured) in 7th place!

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VICTORY IS VIRTUAL:

ALEX ALBON

F1 championships are won in the simulator

as much as on track, as Red Bull Racing’s

Test and Reserve drive explains

I

t’s an old, and very true, saying that a Formula 1 season is a

marathon and not a sprint, and with 23 races scheduled for 2021

this year’s championship definitely qualifies for the former

category. The relentless nature of such a campaign means that

championship victory is not just about making the most of the

machinery you’ve got in hand, it’s also about bringing the most

performance to your car across the course of the season –

maintaining a competitive edge over your rivals by making sure the

car is absolutely optimised for every part of the race weekend and

testing and bringing upgrades that make your car faster. And as Red

Bull Racing’s Test and Reserve Driver this year, that’s my job.

As Reserve, I’m obviously at each race in case I need to step

in but in terms of getting the maximum out of the car

across the weekend, my work starts before I even head

to a racetrack, in the team’s simulator at its Milton

Keynes factory.

There, I’m going through the set-up of Max’s car

and Sergio’s car, driving what they have, seeing

where the limitations are and trying to fix them.

We’re ready to go just as they’re finishing FP1.

We’ll listen to the drivers’ comments and correlate

the sim to the data we get back from the circuit. I’ll

run set-ups after set-up, trying to give them what they

want for the rest of the weekend.

The work continues after second practice and by the

time we finish we’ve hopefully dialled in the cars for FP3 and

qualifying. After we finish all that work I’ll head to the track, flying

late on Friday night or early on Saturday morning. Once I’m at the

circuit I’ll continue speaking with the drivers, getting their feedback

trying to relate it to what I’ve seen in the simulator and between the

two we’ll hopefully arrive at final set-up tweaks.

It isn’t just the drivers I speak to, however. Engineers can look at

GPS data and get a good picture of why one car’s quicker than the

next, but I think having a driver’s eye view adds another layer of

value to all of that data. Adrian Newey, in particular, is always really

interested in that feedback.

Right now, I feel like I’m in the best position of anyone in the

paddock in terms of the perspective I can give. This year’s car is very

much an evolution of last year’s, so I know what the car feels like on

track, as I have recent experience of racing it. Max and Sergio trust

my feedback and the team are confident in my ability to provide

good information.

IMPRINT

‘I feel like I’m

in the best position

of anyone in the

paddock in terms

of the perspective

I can give’

I’m often asked if it’s a bit dull working in the

sim. Well, I would say that if anyone can do a

quicker lap around Barcelona on that simulator

than me, then I take my hat off to them! I must have

done a million laps around there.

And while of course I’d much rather be racing it

certainly isn’t boring, In fact, it’s pretty full-on. For

instance, for Monaco this year I was in the sim from Monday

to Friday before I flew to the track. For the first two practice

sessions I started at 9am and finished at 10pm.

It is intense and I’m also dovetailing it with my own season of

racing in DTM, which is totally new for me, but I’m really enjoying

that challenge. Switching from single seaters to what you might call

the GT world is a big step, so it has taken a bit of time. Ultimately,

though, it’s a steering wheel and pedals and that’s your bread and

butter. I feel like I got up to speed with it pretty quickly and I’m

looking forward to the rest of the season.

I’m also determined to help Red Bull Racing to the top step of the

podium in Formula 1. More than anything F1 is a team sport, though

it’s played by a squad of 800 people, at the track, at the factory and

in the simulator. And if what I’m doing helps to deliver the biggest

prize – the Constructors’ Championship, then I’ll be enormously

proud of the achievement. We’ll have not only won the sprints every

couple of weeks, we’ll have stayed on top of the development war

and won the F1 marathon.

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SHUTTERSTOCK MATT YOUSON/JUSTIN HYNES

BECAUSE

YOU’RE

WORTH IT…

After introducing a cost cap

for teams, F1 is toying with the

idea of limiting driver salaries.

Are they mad? How can anyone

live on less than $25 million

a year? The day is coming

though, so the Bulletin is here

to help with a list of ultra-luxe,

one-of-a-kind items that should

be on every driver’s shopping

list before poverty bites.

A bigger motorhome…

much bigger

F1 travels to some amazing places… none

of which you see because you’ve fully

embraced the driver trend of bringing a

motorhome to the track. After all, nothing

says privilege and glamour more than

setting up home alongside your reality-shy

peers in a litter-filled car park next to a row

of Portaloos. There’s only one problem –

your team-mate’s superyacht-on-wheels is

bigger and better than yours. Time to up

your game. You’re going to need a steam

room, a wine cave you’ll never use, a library

full of books you’ll never read, and

surely they could fit a lap pool

somewhere?

Minstrels

This is a bit embarrassing but you’re always

hearing about people singing your praises,

yet no one actually does it within earshot. So

open that wallet and spend your way out of

the situation by hiring your own soundtrack

band. From here on, you’re going to walk into

the paddock to the strains of your own

theme tune as your personal minstrels

declaim your greatness. It doesn’t have to be

vulgar, just a woodwind section, a couple of

lutes, and a drum. Hmm… Would a brightlyclad

squire scattering rose petals ahead of

you be too ostentatious? Of course not.

A bigger watch

Your current watch is a jewel-encrusted

behemoth that diverts magnetic north and

is so heavy you’ve developed the shambling

gait of a drunken sailor from wearing it but…

it could be bigger. A couple of other drivers

have got watches the size of a wagon wheel,

with more ornamental metalwork than the

Palace of Versailles. And just the thought of

that brings you out in a cold sweat. Gotta

get a bigger one: more complications, more

jewels, a crown the size of your head. You’re

in luck, as the one thing F1 teams seem to

have unlimited access to is reclusive Swiss

horologists who make one-of-a-kind

timepieces fashioned from billets of pure

unobtanium and unicorn horn. It might

even tell the time.

Your own race team

Your years in elite motorsport have been

good to you and it’s important to give

something back. And what you mostly want

to give back is all the crap you had to put up

with as a junior driver. The best way to do

that is to set-up your own team.

Doesn’t matter what it is: F4,

eSports, that weird thing where

everybody gets a free cruise to

somewhere remote, whatever.

Just set it up, hire a bunch of wideeyed

karters, give them t-shirts and

a contract that just about stays

on the right side of anti-slavery

guidelines, then sit back and

watch the sponsorship dollars

roll in. Salary cap! Pah, let the

good times roll!


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THE

INNER

CIRCLE

Incredible natural speed and sublime race

craft have taken MAX VERSTAPPEN to the

top in Formula 1, but to become a genuine

title contender requires a whole lot more –

from family to fitness and from engineering

smarts to the wisdom of trusted advisors,

meet Max’s support crew…

Words JUSTIN HYNES

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Father:

JOS VERSTAPPEN

From the moment Jos Verstappen put

his son Max Emilian on a quad bike at

the age of two-and-half and behind the

wheel of a go-kart at the age of four

the former F1 driver has been both

tutor and mentor. “I remember after

a few laps he went around the entire

track flat out. I immediately went and

bought a bigger kart,” he told Max’s

website last year.

From covering hundreds of thousands

of kilometres in a van across a decade

of European karting to jumping

to the FIA Formula 3 European

Championship at the age of 16, to

becoming F1’s youngest starter at 17

and youngest winner at age 18, Jos has

been there every step of the way.

As Max has matured, Jos has been

less front and centre but the Red Bull

driver still seeks his dad’s advice.

“We still talk about everything in

terms of what I am doing throughout

the weekend set-up wise and stuff,”

says Max. “But I know more and more

myself, so our relationship is pretty

relaxed now. We still discuss a lot and

I really enjoy it. It’s great to have your

dad around, especially when he did it

himself and understands racing.”


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Partner:

KELLY PIQUET

After Max’s victory in Monaco in

May, Dr Helmut Marko told Autosport

that the Dutchman had “reached

a different level of maturity”. A

significant element in that process,

though one that isn’t often widely

credited, is Verstappen’s settled

personal life with Kelly Piquet, the

daughter of three-time F1 champion

Nelson. Verstappen embarked on the

relationship with the 32-year-old exgirlfriend

of former F1 rival Daniil

Kvyat in 2020 and first went public

on their attachment with a New

Year’s Instagram post hoping that

his followers “find success love and

happiness, just as I found mine”. Kelly

was among the first to congratulate

Max on his Monaco win, rushing into

parc fermé to embrace the Red Bull

driver as he celebrated victory.

Race Engineer:

GIANPIERO LAMBIASE

Schooled at the Jordan, Midland/

Spyker, Force India squad British

race engineer Gianpiero guided the

on-track efforts of drivers as diverse as

Vitantonio Liuzzi, Paul Di Resta and

also this year’s new Red Bull Recruit

Sergio Pérez in his time with the

Silverstone outfit. He left Force India

for Red Bull Racing in 2015 and was

initially partnered with Daniil Kvyat.

But when the Russian was replaced

ahead of the 2016 Spanish Grand

Lambiase found himself working with

a supremely confident and talented

18-year-old – Max Verstappen.

The relationship got off to a winning

start in Barcelona where, at the first

time of asking with Red Bull Racing,

Verstappen became F1’s youngest

ever winner. It’s been a match made

in heaven ever since.

“We’re pretty straightforward with

each other,” says Max. “Sometimes

it can sound like we are pissed off at

each other on the radio but I’m not

pissed off with him, it’s the situation

we are in on the track and you try

to make it better. Even after the

race, maybe people think we have to

apologise to each other but it’s not like

that at all. It’s a good relationship and

I really enjoy working with him. We

want to win and we both want the best

result. We are always on top of each

other and we push each other forward.

We keep each other sharp to try to get

a better result.”

Max Verstappen’s

rise to the top has been

aided by the support

of a small group of

key confidantes and

trusted advisors.

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Performance Engineer:

TOM HART

What’s the difference between a

Race and a Performance Engineer?

The Race Engineer is responsible for

the overview of his or her driver’s

whole weekend, looking at the big

picture of run plans, working with

the strategists and decision-making

on the pit wall during the race, while

the Performance Engineer is there to

sift through the data and the driver’s

feedback in order to build the best race

car for the conditions. On Max’s crew

that job falls to new boy Tom Hart.

Until this year Max’s Performance

Engineer was Hugh Bird who has

now moved to the other side of the

garage to work as Sergio Pérez’s Race

Engineer. Hart has stepped into the

role on Max’s side of the garage.

“It’s working really well,” says Max.

“It always needs a bit of time to settle

in but I would say straight from the

start Tom is doing a great job. He’s

very social as well; he can be pretty

funny. He’s not a total nerd! He’s very

clever and he knows what I want from

the car and he is very quick in finding

solutions when I have little issues.”

“HE KNOWS

HE HAS TO

TRAIN AND

MAX IS VERY

DISCPLINED.”

BRADLEY SCANES,

PERFORMANCE COACH

Red Bull Racing’s lightningfast

pit stops have been a

major factor in his success.

Red Bull Motorsport Advisor:

HELMUT MARKO

A famously hard taskmaster, Dr

Helmut Marko, through the Red

Bull Junior Programme, has been in

large part responsible for bringing

exceptional talents such as Sebastian

Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos

Sainz to Formula 1. Marko brought

Verstappen to the programme from

Formula 3 in August 2014 and within

days revealed that the 16-year-old

would drive for Toro Rosso in 2015.

Since then the two have developed

a deep alliance, which Max insists is

founded in plain-speaking simplicity.

“Helmut is like a father to me, yes,”

says Verstappen. “He says what he

thinks and is always straightforward

and I like that. With him there are

no bull**** stories. That rapport

with Marko is just very good and the

one with Christian too. We’ve been

through so much over the years. We

get on well together.”

Performance Coach:

BRADLEY SCANES

Another relatively new arrival to Max’s

team is physio and performance coach

Bradley Scanes. The Englishman, who

also works as a consultant to British

Gymnastics, took over the role from

Max’s previous trainer Jake Aliker in

early 2020 and since then has worked

closely with the Red Bull driver to

keep him in top shape for the season.

“My wife will say I spend more time

with Max than with her,” he says. “But

it’s going well in our marriage.

“It is really important to be in good

shape,” he adds. “If not, it can cost

you lap time on track. If in the final

laps of a race you are getting fatigued,

it can affect you mentally, which can

have consequences.” Not that the

championship contender is a huge fan

of training. “Max doesn’t really have

favourites. Training isn’t his biggest

hobby, that’s driving a car. But he

knows that he has to, and Max is very

disciplined. If he has to choose, he’d

prefer going for a run and working

with weights on

his balcony.”


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FORMULA

FUTURE

Rookies Yuki Tsunoda, Mick Schumacher and Nikita

Mazepin have all successfully navigated their way

through F1’s feeder series to take their place in

Formula 1 in 2021. But five years down the road –

when the likes of Hamilton, Vettel and Alonso have

surely retired – who will be joining young Kimi

Räikkönen on the Formula 1 grid of 2026?

OSCAR PIASTRI

2021 team: Prema Racing, Formula 2

2026 team: Alpine, Formula 1

Yet another Prema driver, Australian Piastri has enjoyed

a meteoric rise through the junior series, rocketing

through the pack like his DRS is constantly open. He

was runner-up in British F4 before winning the Renault

Eurocup and F3 titles in back-to-back championships.

Since moving up to F2, he’s taken another victory in the

first Feature Race of the season and a third place. As a

Renault Sport Academy driver, when he moves to

Formula 1, it’s likely to be in the Bleu de France of Alpine.

Enzo (19) Oscar (20)

Pietro (24) Jüri (20)

THE FITTIPALDIS

2021 team (Enzo): Charouz Racing System, Formula 3

2026 team (take your pick): Haas, Formula 1

The Fittipaldis are the Kardashians of F1. Rich,

glamorous, good looking and successful – and there’s

far more of them than you ever imagined. After two

generations of racing Fittipaldis, it seems that

everywhere you look, there’s yet another quick, young

Fittipaldi jumping into a cockpit. If they’re not in F2 or

F3, they’re in the garage as a test driver or back at the

factory in the sim. By sheer weight of numbers, a

Fittipaldi will be on the grid in five years’ time. Leading

the way are Pietro and Enzo Fittipaldi, grandsons of twotime

F1 World Champion and double Indy 500 winner

Emerson. Pietro has tested for Haas in F1 and driven in

F2, WEC, DTM and Super Formula. He’s currently going

in circles in Indycar. Enzo is the 2018 Italian F4

champion and in 2021 starts his second season in F3

and also joins IndyCar Pro, the Indy feeder series.

JÜRI VIPS

2021 team: Hitech Grand Prix, Formula 2

2026 team: Red Bull Racing, Formula 1

In the last few years, Marko Asmer and Markko Martin

have mined their homeland for fresh talent with the

Estonian Autosport Union, mentoring World Rally

Champion Ott Tänak, Prema team manager Ralf Aron

and his driver brother Paul. Vips is the latest and he’s

not only quick, versatile and talented, he’s really clever

– as an eight-year-old he appeared on TV on Estonia’s

Got Talent as the ‘human calculator’, performing feats of

arithmetic. Racing for Hitech in F2 this season, he’s

already won German Formula 4, was fourth in the 2018

FIA Formula 3 European Championship behind the more

experienced Dan Ticktum, Mick Schumacher and Robert

Shwartzman and raced a superb Macau Grand Prix in

2019, taking pole, winning the qualifying race and

leading the main race until a safety car wiped out his

lead, helping Richard Verschoor to the win.

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ROBERT SHWARTZMAN

2021 team: Prema Racing, Formula 2

2026 team: Ferrari, Formula 1

The Russian has been a front runner in every series he’s

entered and looks unstoppable as he makes tracks for

Formula 1. He’s part of the Ferrari Driver Academy and

has enjoyed huge success with Prema Racing, finishing

third in F3 in his rookie season before dominating the

2019 championship to take the title. In F2 last year, he

was fourth in his first season, scoring more wins than

any other driver. He also has the 2018 Toyota Racing

Series title in his trophy cabinet. In addition, young

Shwartzman is a star on social media with thousands of

followers on Instagram and TikTok drawn to his sense of

humour and clean cut looks, traits that make him

marketable as well as quick.

CALLUM ILOTT

2021 team: Hitech Grand Prix, Formula 2

2026 team: Alfa Romeo, Formula 1

Ferrari Academy Driver Callum is an easy pick as he

already has a foot in the elite series having driven in FP1

for Alfa Romeo this season. A test driver for Ferrari and

a reserve for Alfa who finished runner-up in F2 behind

Mick Schumacher, it seems more a case of when and not

if Ilott will step into F1. The only obstacle in his path is

the number of other British drivers already on the grid –

while Lewis Hamilton may have hung up his gloves by

2026, George Russell and Lando Norris aren’t about to

leave. But by 2026, we’re sure he’ll have a place with Alfa

Romeo although he might have already become the first

Brit to race for Ferrari since Nigel ‘Il Leone’ Mansell.

Robert (21) Callum (22)

Liam (19) Arthur (20)

LIAM LAWSON

2021 team: Hitech Grand Prix, Formula 2

2026 team: Scuderia AlphaTauri, Formula 1

On the other side of the Hitech garage is another firstrate

talent. Liam Lawson got his F2 career off to the best

possible start with victory on his debut in the first sprint

race of 2021. He’s the 2019 Toyota Racing Series

champion and narrowly missed out on the 2020 title.

Liam faces stiff competition racing Jüri Vips for a place

with AlphaTauri or Red Bull Racing – assuming there will

be a seat available with either – but talent rises to the

top and Lawson is an eye-catching driver. New Zealand

has a proud tradition of producing superb drivers –

Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon, Denny Hulme through to

Nick Cassidy, Marcus Armstong and Brendon Hartley.

Liam, the latest, is mentored by another, Kenny Smith.

This year he’s also racing in DTM with Cassidy and Alex

Albon as part of Red Bull AF Corse and won at the first

time of asking in the opening race at Monza last month.

ARTHUR LECLERC

2021 team: Prema Racing, Formula 3

2026 team: Haas, Formula 1

You always need brothers trading paint in Formula 1

and we haven’t seen any fraternal rivalry in F1 since

Michael and Ralph Schumacher. Another member of the

Ferrari Driver Academy, Arthur Leclerc may raise a few

eyebrows as he’s only just stepped into F3 as the runnerup

in the new Formula Regional series. There may be

stronger candidates elsewhere but with a brother at

Ferrari already, Arthur boasts an impressive pedigree.

He’s also managed by Nicholas Todt, who knows his way

around the F1 paddock having mentored Charles Leclerc

and managed the careers of Felipe Massa and Daniil

Kvyat. Arthur has risen rapidly up to F3 and if he can

prove his mettle there, he will be well on the way

to Formula 1.


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DRIVE TO CONTRIVE

WHAT NETFLIX

SHOULD DO NEXT

Drive To Survive has been a runaway success for Formula 1 and Netflix,

bringing fans inside the paddock to tell epic tales of sporting rivalry

and bouts of world-class foul language. But every show needs to keep

things fresh with new story lines and formats that keep fans interested.

Here are a few helpful suggestions.

VALTTERI UNCOVERED… AGAIN

It worked for Game of Thrones. It worked for

Spartacus: Blood and Sand. It didn’t work for

Sesame Street, but never mind. We’re talking

nudity – the tried and trusted way of bringing the

audience back for more. In S3 E1, Valtteri Bottas

raised more than a few eyebrows when he went

for a sauna at his Finnish country home and

casually mooned for the cameras. Of course,

sophisticated Europeans know that Finns are

quite comfortable prancing about stark naked in

a sauna – it’s why they never make eye contact –

but the freckle-faced F1 fans in the USA

probably weren’t prepared for an

eyeful of Valtteri’s pert Bottas. Now

they’ll be back for more and all we

can say is that next season they

won’t be happy with anything less

than full frontal from any driver

brave enough to bare all. Over to

you Daniel Ricciardo…

FERNANDO ALONSO:

IF A JOB IS WORTH DOING…

There’s no one more competitive on the F1 grid

than Fernando Alonso. ‘Nando is also a gifted

athlete, a natural engineer and a born leader.

What’s more, his attention to detail is so exacting

that we’ve just received a text objecting to our

calling him ‘Nando in the last sentence. With two

F1 world championships, two Le Mans 24Hr

victories and a solid Dakar to his name, there’s no

doubting his credentials. In fact, we reckon

Alonso can do it all and Netflix needs to

document his vast skill set. We follow

Fernando as he tinkers with advanced

CFD calculations, shares his thoughts

on wind tunnel terraflop restrictions

and fine tunes engines by ear during

a Zoom call to Viry Chatillon – and

that’s before he chooses new

colours for the factory rebrand,

writes today’s lunch menu and

changes that broken light bulb in

the third floor gents’ toilet.

CURSE OF THE

HOME RACE

Rhett Bullet, The Red Bulletin’s

hillbilly uncle, always used to say

it’s bad juju to be superstitious

but we think there may be a

curse that shadows the Drive

to Survive crew whenever they

embed with a team at its home

race – qv Mercedes’ chaotically

awful 2019 German Grand Prix or

last season’s painful Monza

weekend with Ferrari. Of course,

it’s only bad for teams. For

viewers it’s gold dust. As

such it might be useful if the

producers gave the curse a

helping hand. Sprinkle some

itching powder in the pit crew

suits, glue rusty nails to the

stools on the pitwall, lock a

rabid wolverine in the

support truck.

RAMSAY’S PADDOCK

NIGHTMARES

Another way to boost ratings

is to diversify the audience.

Everyone loves a cooking show,

so perhaps the producers of

Drive to Survive should try a

segment in which the drivers

have to ditch their race suits for

aprons and take over team

catering. While they take part in

a crash course in haute cuisine,

celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay

can shout obscenities and

throw gnocchi at them. If

Ramsay’s not available just

hang a pinafore on Guenther

Steiner and tell him the drivers

have burned the toast.

SHUTTERSTOCK PAUL KEITH


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