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Max Verstappen's comments to Red Bull team radio have caused a stir amongst Formula 1 fans

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Max Verstappen took centre stage at the Mexico Grand Prix after seeing his biggest leading challengers, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel, have a nightmare start to the race.

The young Dutchman started second, to Vettel, but soon found himself in the lead at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in what made for an unfamiliar leading pack.

Verstappen earned a podium finish in each of the past three races and his fortunes got a whole lot better with another win in F1, ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton needed just a ninth-place finish to win the Drivers' Championship for a fourth time, but a first-lap puncture succumbed him to the back of the pack and a first-lap pit stop.

Vettel, too, had a similar fate as he was forced to go in for a repair to a damaged wing following an early collision between himself and his big Dutch rival of late.

It's incredible that a 20-year-old has been able to have such a huge influence of Formula 1 so early into his career, while the likes of Fernando Alonso is languishing in 16th in the standings.

And it's clear that confidence is growing in the Belgium-born racer who sits sixth in the Drivers' Championship, with a further two races to go.

While the title is out of reach, the Dutchman claimed a third career F1 win in Mexico City - doing a great job of keeping second-placed Valtteri Bottas out of reach.

Verstappen's funny conversation over team radio

The confidence which is currently flowing through the young Red Bull driver was made evident during an entertaining radio exchange between him and his team.

With the youngster in the lead and racking up the laps, his Red Bull team requested for him to match second-placed Bottas' lap times.

Verstappen responded: "Okay, I'll take it easy son."

Red Bull chipped in again, making Verstappen aware of his performance, adding: “That was the same lap time as the last time Max!"

Not that the Dutchman cared, simply laughing and saying "Sorry".

Some fans labelled the 20-year-old 'arrogant' and, others, 'sassy'; but you can't blame his confidence giving the fact he lapped the to-be four-time world champion, Hamilton.

It was the first time the Britain had been lapped at a race since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix.

Verstappen's comments catch F1 fans' attention

But despite it ultimately being Hamilton's day, although he finished ninth at the Mexican GP, Verstappen's comments made plenty of noise on Twitter.

Hamilton may have comfortably won the Drivers' Championship this season and officially sealed it in Mexico, but the Brit will know too well the man who won the race could be a serious rival.

Who's to say Verstappen can't be in Hamilton's position this time next year?

Topics:
Nico Rosberg
Fernando Alonso
Max Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton
Max Verstappen
Formula 1
Daniel Ricciardo

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