Max Verstappen reveals he drank ‘five gin and tonics’ the night before Qatar Grand Prix as he celebrated title win

Vodka and Red Bull must have been off the menu.

Max Verstappen reveals he drank ‘five gin and tonics’ the night before Qatar Grand Prix as he celebrated title win
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Max Verstappen enjoyed himself after winning his third F1 title (Photo: Getty)

Max Verstappen has lifted the lid on how he celebrated his latest Formula One title win – drinking ‘a few gin and tonics’ the night before the Qatar Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver wrapped up his third consecutive drivers’ championship at the last round at the Losail International Circuit – though unusually he was crowned champion on a Saturday.

A second-placed finish in the sprint race was enough to seal the deal, though it meant that he couldn’t fully celebrate the triumph that night as he had to go racing again on Sunday for the main grand prix.

Or so we thought, with the 26-year-old admitting that he and his team did indeed party hard after the sprint, with the Evening Standard reporting that the Dutchman enjoyed five G and Ts – his favourite alcoholic beverage.

‘I had a few gin and tonics on Saturday night. They definitely came out during the race on Sunday.’ Verstappen is quoted to have said.

‘We want to win all those races but also really enjoy it.’

Verstappen’s assertion that the drinks were sweated out is very likely to be accurate given the intense heat in Qatar which caused problems for drivers up and down the grid, with Alpine’s Esteban Ocon admitting he vomited in his helmet early on in the race.

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Unusually, Verstappen clinched the title on a Saturday during the Qatar sprint (Photo: Getty)

Verstappen wasn’t as badly affected, winning from pole to make it 14 victories out of 17 in 2023, and he’s now looking to claim the 50th win of his F1 career this weekend at the United States Grand Prix.

He has the chance to overtake both Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel’s tallies before the end of the season, which would put him third on the list for most wins, behind only Sir Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.

Vettel won four titles in a row a decade ago for Red Bull, but team boss Christian Horner believes the Dutchman is exceeding his German predecessor, telling Standard Sport: ‘We’ve worked with some greats.

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Sebastian Vettel won 53 races during his F1 career (Photo: Getty)

‘Seb was an outstanding talent with the four world titles in a row he managed to achieve. It’s a similar level of dominance with what Max is doing.

‘He’s a phenomenal talent to work with. With everything he’s achieving, Max is absolutely matching and exceeding what Sebastian was able to achieve.

‘He’s just a racing machine. He’s immensely talented, but it’s not just about the natural talent, but also the mental strength that he has.

‘To deliver at high-pressure moments, in and out laps, changing conditions, racecraft, decisive moments when they matter and being able to read the race. He’s always one step ahead and without [making] mistakes.’

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