Van Gisbergen slaps back at ‘Mark’ Verstappen

Michelle Foster
Max Verstappen quirky

Max Verstappen P2 in Porsche Superup Esports event.

Max Verstappen and Shane van Gisbergen have traded verbal blows, the funny kind, ahead of the F1 driver’s Supercars Eseries debut.

Verstappen will join the Red Bull sponsored Holden team for two races in the Supercars series.

But while the car is unfamiliar to Verstappen, the tracks are not as the events will take place at the Silverstone and Barcelona circuits.

Equating the New Zealander to former F1 driver, and known crasher, Pastor Maldonado, Verstappen said: “I’ll drive with a Holden in the Red Bull team with my mate Pastor.

“I think we all know who that is. He’s the king shunter.

“I’m looking forward to driving together and seeing what we can do against the other guys. There are a lot of good drivers in V8s, so I’m definitely looking forward to racing against them. Hopefully we can be quick and put on a good show.”

Van Gisberger responded with a cheeky dig of his own.

The Kiwi called Verstappen ‘Mark Verstappen’ in line with Mark Webber’s “not bad for a number two driver” comment from his Red Bull days.

“You might have seen the news last night, our friend Mark Verstappen is joining us for the Eseries, which will be awesome,” said van Gisbergen.

“I’m looking forward to having him on board. We’ve raced a bit in the past and it’s been pretty awesome.

“Mark is pretty quick. Our first race is at Silverstone. I don’t know if Jamie [Whincup] is joining us this week, I haven’t heard from him yet, but Mark will slot in pretty good at Silverstone as a number two driver.

“He calls me Pastor as a little nickname, probably because I crash a lot. It’s pretty fitting. But he forgets that the second race is at Barcelona, which is where Pastor won…”

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