Horner explains Verstappen’s strange F1 song ‘Radio Red Bull’.

Horner explains Verstappen’s strange F1 song ‘Radio Red Bull’.

Verstappen claimed his 17th grand prix win of 2023 at Interlagos on Sunday, securing another historic record as the driver with the highest ever win in a single season.

Even if he does not win either of the remaining two races of the campaign, his score of 77.27% is greater than the 75% reached by Alberto Ascari in 1952 when he won six out of eight races.

While Verstappen’s Red Bull team congratulated him on the achievement over the radio after raising the checkered flag, they said they would also give him another piece of history – surprising him by playing Tom Jones’ 1966 song. Green green grass of the house.

Despite telling the team over the radio that he was “not a good singer”, Verstappen tried to join in with the lyrics as he returned to the pits.

Then his engineer Gianpiero Lambiasi told him over the radio: “Just don’t give up your day job.” – before Verstappen responded: “I think I’m better at it!”

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, in the garage before the race

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, in the garage before the race

The choice of such a classic song raised some curiosity, but Red Bull team principal Christian Horner explained the background – and that the song was one of the songs Verstappen and his father Jos used to play in their karting days.

“Today we learned something else about Max, which is that when he would come back from kart racing, his father would play Tom Jones pieces over and over again,” Horner said.

“So I was able to wear Green green grass of the house. It was Red Bull Radio.”

Horner admitted to some surprise when he was asked to choose a Verstappen song, as it was an old classic that had become a favorite of the Dutchman and not any modern song.

“I have no idea why a 26-year-old was chosen.”Green grass, green grass. It was the most unlikely song I thought. But Gus told me in Qatar.

“I asked him, ‘What’s his favorite song?’ and I was going to see if Paul (Smith, Red Bull’s head of communications) could play it. He said, “Green grass, green grass By Tom Jones.

“I was thinking, obviously after the Spice Girls, that he would be totally into Ed Sheeran, or any contemporary his age. But no, Tom Jones!”

Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Principal, speaks with race engineer Gianpiero Lambiasi

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Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Principal, speaks with race engineer Gianpiero Lambiasi

Speaking about Ascari’s record breaking after the race, Verstappen said it was more than just being in the history books, it was testament to the way he and Red Bull had worked so flawlessly.

“It’s not something that when I join Formula 1, I need to achieve a 75% win record in a season,” he said.

“These kinds of things come when everything is working really well. You know, I feel good in the car, the car is very competitive, and the team rarely makes mistakes as well. So, you can have a season like the one we are having now. .

“For me, it’s just about enjoying the moment and trying to maximize every opportunity.”

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