Whilst nobody has turned up to a Grand Prix weekend in a tailored fit “soooot” with 4,000 “f*ck you’s” embroidered into it or claimed that they “run this fookin’ circuit” in a pre-race press conference, there has certainly been a catalogue of trash talk in F1 over the years. Here is a trash talk countdown from the world of F1:
“Depallier! Where did you get your Super licence? Out of a crisp packet?” – James Hunt
“Piquet has got no motivation whatsoever. He’s only in F1 to keep his 45-foot super yacht afloat, and his helicopter in petrol” – James Hunt
“With Senna, I learned how things should be done. With Mansell, I learned how things shouldn’t be done.” – Mika Hakkinen
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“Smoke too much, drink too much, lazy bastard” – Taki Inoue (commenting on his own F1 career)
“Villeneuve only got into F1 because of his father” – Eddie Irvine
“Here’s a message for Charlie. F**k off! Honestly, f**k off!” – Sebastian Vettel
— Sebastian Vettel #5 (@sebvettelnews) April 13, 2017
“Maybe he never had sex.” – Kimi Raikkonen after Lewis Hamilton said that winning his first race felt better than having sex.
“I’m not interested in what people think about me. I’m not Michael Schumacher.” – Kimi Raikkonen
“If he wants to prove that he’s a man, I think he should do it out of the car face to face.” – Lewis Hamilton after Vettel’s antics in Baku.
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“F**king Sore loser” – Daniel Ricciardo’s reaction after Max Verstappen crashed into him at the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix.
“What the f**k is this Williams guy? If he can’t stay behind then he should stay in the reporting stuff.” – Kimi Raikkonen after being held up by stand-in Williams driver and Sky F1 pundit Paul Di Resta under blue flags at the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix.
“If he has some questions to me, he’s more than free to come and talk to me, if he’s brave enough. If he’s not brave enough, he’ll come and talk to you guys and send hidden messages to the media all the time.” – Daniil Kvyat on his Toro Rosso teammate Carlos Sainz.
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“He’s pretty quickly becoming arrogant.” – Jenson Button on Lewis Hamilton.
“When a man holds you round the throat, I do not think that he has come to apologise…” – Ayrton Senna after colliding with Nigel Mansell at the 1987 Belgian Grand Prix. Mansell stormed to the Lotus garage, grabbed Senna by the jugular before zipping his overalls up to his nose.