Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll had a dramatic coming together in Free Practice 2 for the Portuguese Grand Prix, with the contact between the pair leaving Stroll in the gravel – and Verstappen decidedly unimpressed…
Following an earlier red flag stoppage after a fire on Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri, Verstappen was circulating Portimao and about to attempt a fast lap when he moved aside at Turn 14 to let Stroll – already on his own push lap – through.
Stroll’s intention, according to Racing Point, had then been to go straight into a second consecutive fast lap. But Verstappen, keen to get on with his own push lap, tried to out-drag the Racing Point down Portimao’s main straight.
The pair arrived at Turn 1 with Verstappen just alongside Stroll’s RP20, with Stroll appearing not to see the Red Bull in his blind spot, before taking the corner and hitting Verstappen, causing Stroll to spin into the gravel – and bringing out the session’s second red flag.
2020 Portuguese GP FP2: Verstappen and Stroll crash