Max Verstappen waved the finger at George Russell during the Italian GP

Franz Tost Germany

Max Verstappen secured his 11th win of the season at the 2022 Italian GP – 5th one in a row this season.

Things got a little frustrating for Max Verstappen during the final practice session at the Monza.

Max Verstappen jokingly showed the middle finger to Mercedes’ George Russell during Free Practice of the Italian GP.

Verstappen was trying to set some qualifying laps whereas Russell was on a race run. This meant that both were entitled to have their own space, and no one was meant to leave some for the other.

Being on a qualifying run though, Verstappen quickly grew impatient being stuck behind Russell. The Dutchman fumed on his radio exclaiming to his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase “What is this?!”.

Lambiase than suggested that Russell might be facing a trip to the stewards after the session.

Amidst this, the reigning world Champion waved the middle finger to the 24-year-old Mercedes driver.

Verstappen had an impressive qualifying session qualifying behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. However, grid penalties saw him drop back to P7 for the race on Sunday.

The Dutchman, however, seems unstoppable this season as he came home to win the 2022 Italian Grand Prix. The race was ruined by a late safety car as the Dutchman took the checkered flag behind a safety car.

The reigning world champion is on a 5-win streak now. He has 11 wins to his name this season and can even wrap up the Championship at Singapore.

Verstappen is also just 2 wins short of equaling the record of most wins in a season held jointly by Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher of 13 wins with 6 more races to go.

Max Verstappen leads Charles Leclerc by a whopping 116 points in the World Drivers’ championship.

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