Max Verstappen has joked that he has plans to ship Lando Norris a gift after this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. Verstappen laughed that he would possibly ship his broken winners’ trophy to the McLaren star after Norris inadvertently destroyed it on the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Verstappen made the admission when requested by Ted Kravitz what would occur to the destroyed cup. The Sky Sports activities F1 knowledgeable requested whether or not Christian Horner deliberate to show the damaged vase within the trophy cupboard again on the crew’s Milton Keynes base.
Verstappen replied: “I have not spoken about that, I imply we’re getting a brand new one. They’re making a brand new one. So I actually do not know what’s occurring to the damaged one. Possibly I can ship it to Lando.”
Kravitz added: “Yeah, see if he pays for it.” Norris destroyed the porcelain trophy because the drivers celebrated on the rostrum at Budapest.
The 23-year-old smashed his champagne bottle on the highest step of the rostrum which knocked the vase over. The porcelain piece smashed into two bits with Verstappen snapped by photographers carrying away the separate sections.
The trophy was handmade particularly for the race by Hungarian firm Herendi Porcelanmanufaktura. It’s understood the vase takes round six months to make at a price of round £34,000.
Herendi’s CEO Attila Simon has already confirmed Verstappen’s trophy would get replaced as a part of a life assure. He instructed Hungarian TV channel M4 Sport: “The groups ought to work out who’s accountable amongst themselves, however we tackle the joyous and heavy burden of constructing it once more.”
After the race, Norris was pushed on the incident by Sky F1 junior reporter Scarlett the place the McLaren driver jokingly claimed he “didn’t care” concerning the harm. He even blamed Verstappen for the incident and joked that the Dutchman had “put his trophy within the improper place”.
However Norris appeared to U-turn on his feedback at Spa-Francorchamps as he issued a heartfelt apology to Purple Bull and the designers. He defined: “I imply to start with I do wish to apologise for it. I had no intention of ever doing such a factor and I understand how a lot it means to the Hungarians and their tradition.
“It was by no means my intention to do such a factor and I did apologise to Max. I do know I clearly made a few jokes about it which possibly I should not. If he did it to my trophy I’d be aggravated so I do apologise for it and clearly the individuals who put the effort and time in to make it. I actually didn’t imply for it to occur so I will make sure that I am much more cautious subsequent time.”