On today's Pardon My Take... MAX VERSTAPPEN AND SERGIO PEREZ! The Red Bull F1 Drivers joined Mr. Cat and Mr. Commenter on today's show to discuss the current season, Max not being on "Drive to Survive," Sergio's golf game, and much more.
You've probably heard the phrase, "I wanna go fast," by the one and only Ricky Bobby. Does this quote remain true for Verstappen and Perez as drivers, too? What does Verstappen do when he comes across a slow driver in a non-racing situation? We got our answers on today's show...
Mr. Cat: This might be a stupid question, but both you guys obviously, you know, live on the edge, you're going fast all the time. Do you guys ever get, like, frustrated when you're in an Uber and they're going really slow? Like, do you get mad at slow people in general in life?
Max Verstappen: Well, I don't really get upset or whatever when they are slow because at the end of the day, they're just driving to the speed limit most of the time, right? It's just when they lose their way or, like, they're just taking an alternative route, well, for no reason. Then, sometimes... well, I'm actually pretty calm then. I wouldn't immediately say that I would be upset and talk to the driver like, "Hey, what are you doing?" But inside, I would be like, "What the hell's going on?"
Mr. Cat: Right, right. And when you're on the highway, if you're going 70 MPH, that's slow to you, right? Like that's just, that's not fast.
Mx Verstappen: Well, yeah, of course it is slow. But I mean we, of course, also race a lot during the weekend. So actually, sometimes you'll just be driven around and just get from let's say A to B, it's not a bad thing.
Mr. Commenter: When did you guys first realize that you really loved going fast?
Max Verstappen: I think when my mom gave birth.
Mr. Commenter: You were early? Second trimester?
Mr. Cat: Ready to go, yeah.
Sergio Perez: I was the same way.
Mr. Cat: Yea, like seeing your guys old clips and kart racing and all that stuff… when you were kids, that seems like the most fun in the entire world, because I remember as a kid, whenever I got a chance to drive in a go kart, it was like the best day ever. And you got to do that all the time, right?
Max Verstappen: Well, yeah. I mean, to be honest with you, I haven't driven a proper go kart in like five years now. But, I mean, I also started driving when I was four years old. So I did that for like 12, 13 years. So I think sometimes it's not bad to have a little break from it, but it is, let's say, easy, easy going. It's where you learn all the basics of what you're doing right now and of course, a lot less politics involved. So that that is for sure very nice.
To attempt to put this into a "common man" comparison, you know those first 10 seconds driving your car after driving a golf cart for 18 holes and you're like, "Man, this is really a different world?!" That's how I imagine Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez feel when making that transition from regular car to F1 car, and vice versa. This was an awesome interview that will surely get some laughs out of the AWL x F1 fan crossover crowd.