Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, Shanghai International Circuit, 2016

Caption Competition 102: Max Verstappen

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Max Verstappen stands by Lewis Hamilton’s empty space during the pre-race festivities at the Chinese Grand Prix.

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  • 113 comments on “Caption Competition 102: Max Verstappen”

    1. why did hamilton not turn up? or did he eventually?

      1. Where are the pink highheeled shoes from Lewis???

        1. Where’s that guy who couldn’t pass me in Australia?

    2. Heather Gibbs
      23rd April 2016, 11:49

      Errrr, was that you????

    3. Where’s my next teammate off to?

    4. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
      23rd April 2016, 11:58

      I am one side-step away from a champion-winning car, a red private plane and a number of girls only dwarfed by the bank balance. I wish I had some polyjuice potion right now…

    5. where is Lewis ? May i take his place? I think soon enough i will!

    6. .. 33, 44, 55, … where is Carlos?

    7. Alonso: Max, look forward
      Max: Is Lewis working on his rap album?
      Alonso: I said…
      Bottas and Kimi: …Awkward…

    8. Lewis tried posting a tweet in China. He was never seen or heard from again.

      1. Lewis spends time in Twitter jail after posting more obscene content, much to the surprise of his rivals

    9. I’m a bit confused, is he The Invisible Man or just out in studio recording some Bohemian Rap? Well, guess it’s all about the Queen anyway. No time for this Innuendo, The Show Must Go On!

    10. Hamilton’s absence was due to the fact that he was busy promoting F1.

      1. Ahh dammit, I made the same joke before I read this ;)

    11. Darn, if i had known you could skip this…

    12. Did Nico turn his alarm off?

    13. Unlike Lewis not to turn up on race day…. oh wait, it’s 2016!

      1. Hah, nice one.

    14. “Max, you’re too old to still have an imaginary friend.”

      1. Should be “Max, I know you’re young, but you are still too old to have an imaginary friend.”

    15. Hee, psssst, Valtteri, Kimi, this isn’t a urinal !

    16. Even Lewis Hamilton jumps out of the way when I’m alongside.

    17. Contenders line up to substitute for Lewis in the Chinese GP after his latest F1 promotion overran

    18. “When they said he had to start from the back I don’t think they meant……….”

    19. “Nice of Lewis to leave me this big gap, eh Seb!”

    20. Max takes note of what a champions deems important.

    21. If you see a gap and don’t go for it…

    22. “Those two boys didn’t show up for Pizza. I wonder why? Racing on ice, perhaps?”

    23. The Mercedes is so fast, it feels like we’re standing still.

    24. “And they think I’m childish?, gjeez, not showing up because we won’t let you pick up the dinner bill.”

    25. And that is the guy that claims he is the one doing most PR for F1…

      Strange time to walk his dog…

      No wonder he is not leading the WDC this year with such level of commitment…

      Old guys suffering from incontinence should really quit and let us younger talent get some space…

    26. Max Verstappen feels the pressure as he anxiously awaits his turn in the world’s premier single-seater championship.

    27. Leaving a gap like that? Won’t be long now until I overtake er take over!

    28. “And this the view from the back of the grid…as if” (Lewis H)

    29. It’s ok Max…it’s just what happens when you combine a 5-spot gearbox penalty with an engine penalty.

    30. Verstappen: but they said it was mandatory! That’s it, I’m phoning my dad.

    31. Max- “I don’t want to point any fingers, but I know that it rained yesterday and then my ice-cream went missing”.

    32. “How far back is Lewis starting this race?”

    33. Max thinking:
      Why is Hammy not showing up again? Just like in the last two races?
      If he doesn’t show up in this race again he might be opening up a seat for me.

    34. Max: Why is Lewis not here?
      Valtteri: He’s too busy promoting the sport more than the rest of us combined.

    35. I really miss… Roscoe!

    36. “Oh, that’s commitment… he is already waiting on his grid slot”.

    37. Max: ‘I’m even taller then Kimi’

    38. Max still can’t believe Lewis has so many penalties he’s already in Russia.

    39. This is frightnening: this gap isn’t big enough, Kvyat could come in like a torpedo!

    40. “Maybe Lewis has overslept. “

    41. “I think Lewis has jump-started already.”

    42. Lewis is starting from the Pit.

    43. Marcel Bouwer
      23rd April 2016, 16:06

      Vestappen eyeing Bottas as he moves closer to Kimi’s spot.

    44. “Where is Lewis?”
      “He did not want to remove his hat.”

    45. Unfortunately this wasn’t the last time Lewis found himself out of position during the race.

    46. “Now that i’m an adult, there is only one driver acting childishly…”

    47. Verstappen: Lets’ see… Mclaren driver behind me, then a bit of a gap to the Williams and Ferrari and as usual no sign of the Mercedes drivers…

    48. VES: I swear i saw Lewis running in the pit lane… Wait?! did they changes the rules to a Le mans start now?

    49. … Meanwhile Hamilton is still busy trying to switch off the alarm in his car since Melbourne, as the team is still not allowed to give him tips…

    50. “Media reports that Lewis Hamilton, defending world champion, failed to make his way out of the pitlane in reverse as he was found once again stuck in exactly the same spot as nine years ago”.

    51. Should… Should I just take the world champion’s place?

    52. “Stop looking dad, you’re embarrassing me!”

    53. Verstappen wonders how many more world champions he can dispose of before someone gets suspicious…

      1. RaceProUK (@)
        24th April 2016, 0:59

        This gets my vote :)

    54. Valtteri, who are we missing?

    55. The moment he took the new five-place national anthem penalty, Lewis knew his day was ruined.

    56. Max: hey bottas where is lewis?
      Bottas: he never will stay beside me after bahrain

    57. Max: hey bottas where is lewis?
      Bottas: he will never stay beside me after bahrain

    58. ColdFly F1 (@)
      23rd April 2016, 19:18

      If the WDC can miss the anthem ceremony, I’m sure Mr Rookie/Overtake/Personality can do the same.

    59. That’s a big gap. I think I’m gonna go for it.

    60. “I wonder if this is how a possum feels when it’s caught in the headlights”.

    61. Max’s note to self. Throw a tantrum and ask team to get me one of those invisible clothes from Harry Potter!

    62. Max:
      Did I just see Lewis kissing Mikaela in the paddock.

    63. After all these years, Lewis finally became camera shy

    64. Is Lewis really smoking a joint over there…sure smells like it

    65. Max: “You’re serious, Val? He won’t stand by me because I’ve got my car number printed on the back of my suit…” (I STILL think it looks rad!)

    66. Max: hmm Lewis forgot his glasses again.

    67. Max takes a look at the new robot driver

    68. Fudge Ahmed (@)
      23rd April 2016, 23:12

      Bottas took out Hamilton at the pit exit.

    69. Hamilton’s luck gets worse in China as he is sent to the back of the grid for the national anthem.

    70. After two poor starts this season, Lewis unfortunately drops the clutch a bit too early…

    71. Should have gone to Specsavers.

    72. When you gotta go; You gotta go.

    73. Hmmm. Looks like Lewis really is hungrier than the rest of us…

    74. Enough with the selfies already Lewis!

    75. Max takes a peek across to see what scared Lewis away.

    76. Jan Hendricks
      24th April 2016, 5:40

      I guess Lewis had a rough night again….

    77. Justin (@vivagilles27)
      24th April 2016, 6:04

      “He left to join the Communist Party? Does he know it’s not THAT kind of party?”

    78. Verstappen stares at the empty space…
      ‘ Well…… I always knew the guy had para-normal powers…..
      he’s here…but not here……gee….. whatever he’s got I’d like some… !

    79. Max: Pssst Valtteri, where’s Lewis gone?

      Valtteri: Gone for a pee…

    80. With all the other drivers waiting, it seems Hamilton miss-judged how long it would take to walk there from the back of the grid.

    81. Lewis had heard rumours of Daniel Ricciardo and Natalie Pinkham’s husband roaming the paddock with a pair of clippers and a sign reading “Lewis, you’re next”

    82. “Has he already gone to the back of the grid?”

    83. After hearing the news of the preliminary publication of its Rich List, Lewis nips off for his copy of the Sunday Times.

    84. I knew Lewis was short, but he’s tiny!

    85. That Hamilton geezer had to pee? Again?

    86. MAX : last night he must have read his fortune-cookie while eating out again.

      The Chinese do not like to have a house or a car with the number 4 or a combination like 14 “must die”, 24 “easily dying”, 44 “dying and dead” and 74 “surely dead”.

    87. Wow Lewis when they said you were invincible I never thought you’d be invisible as well.

    88. “No one seems to notice that I’ve switched hats with Carlos and will now take my revenge for his never letting me through!”

    89. Douwe Dijkstra
      25th April 2016, 10:44

      Max: “I wanted to tread out of Lewis’ shadow, but it looks like he doesn’t want me to”

    90. Just like in Australia Hamilton failed to get alongside one of the Torro Rosso drivers.

    91. Max – “Sorry Valteri, Where is lewis? go to perform at another music gig?”
      Valteri – “Probably, his famous now Max, bling and everything, seems to be more important than his day job”.

    92. “Geez! … How hard can it be, picking out matching shoes and earrings?”
      “Maybe Mikaela isn’t that bad after all …”

    93. Lewis refuses to attend anthem ceremony citing lack of clarity regards “caps to front or back” rule

    94. Max: LEWIS: YOU BETTER KEEP ROSCOE AWAY FROM MY DUTCH APPLE PIES.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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