George Russell unknowingly signed a Max Verstappen hat belonging to a fan at Spa-Francorchamps during the Belgian Grand Prix.
During the incident at Spa-Francorchamps, Russell was engaging with a large group of fans when he signed the hat without realizing it belonged to Verstappen, a star driver for Mercedes’ rivals, Red Bull.
Interacting with fans and signing merchandise is a common practice for Formula 1 drivers. However, as the sport’s popularity grows, drivers find themselves busier than ever with fan engagements.
The fan holding the hat clearly recognized the awkward situation and conveyed their dismay, which was later shared on social media by Russell’s team in a lighthearted manner. Russell was humorously trolled by his own team, adding a fun twist to the incident.
Interestingly, just before signing the Verstappen hat, Russell had mistakenly exclaimed “oh, wrong person” when he saw a fan holding merchandise featuring his Mercedes teammate, Lewis Hamilton.
In a comical turn of events, George Russell found himself in an amusing situation at Spa-Francorchamps. While engaging with a sea of enthusiastic fans during the Belgian Grand Prix, the Mercedes driver unintentionally signed a Max Verstappen hat.
The irony of the incident was heightened by Verstappen being the star driver for Mercedes’ arch-rivals, Red Bull, and his recent domination in the F1 2023 Championship.
Russell’s team didn’t let this hilarious moment pass unnoticed. They playfully teased their driver by sharing a video on social media, complete with a ‘something ain’t right’ soundbite, a zoom-in on the fan’s horrified expression, and a ‘wasted’ caption.
The light-hearted response quickly gained attention, and fans were entertained by the friendly banter between the team and their driver.