The Dutchman was not impressed by Esteban Ocon after he made a move during the closing stages of Q1.
During qualifying for the Las Vegas Grand Prix, Max Verstappen criticized Esteban Ocon, calling him a “stupid idiot” after they almost collided on track. Ocon responded, stating that Verstappen was diving aggressively into Turn 1. Non-broadcast footage showed Ocon passing Verstappen before the Red Bull made a move at Turn 1. Ocon explained that he had to do the second lap due to traffic on the first lap, while Verstappen had the luxury of not needing to. Ocon emphasized the importance of respecting the minimum lap time delta set by the FIA and mentioned that he had already been penalized in a previous race. As a result of the incident, Verstappen will start from third on the grid, while Ocon dropped down to P17.