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During the second practise session at the United States Grand Prix, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had an on-track argument with Lewis Hamilton and was frustrated by traffic. He later revealed why his session didn’t go as planned.

The 24-year-old Dutchman, who was third quickest in FP1 behind the Mercedes team and eighth fastest in FP2 behind the Ferrari duo, had a nervous moment on track in the second session as he emerged side-by-side with title rival Hamilton into the final circuit and up to Turn 1.

Max Verstappen called the Mercedes racer a “stupid idiot” over the radio and conveyed his frustration with a hand gesture as well – but after the session, he cut a calmer figure. “I don’t know, we were all lining up to go for our laps, and I’m not sure what occurred,” he explained.

Verstappen’s frustrations didn’t end there; he also decided to forgo his short run in FP2 due to traffic, withdrawing to the pits in disgust. “I didn’t put in the lap in FP2 on the soft tyre – but overall, it’s not easy out there,” he said.

FP2 amid traffic, retreating to the pits in dissatisfaction. He said: “In FP2 on the soft tyre, I didn’t put in the lap – but overall, I mean, it’s not easy out there.

“You know, the track is quite bumpy and to fight the right compromise with the car hasn’t been easy so far, but I mean there are a few positive things to look at and yes, we’ll continue to work on it also overnight… it didn’t particularly feel bad on the short run. It was just a mess with the traffic,” he said.

Teammate Sergio Perez had a smoother day despite the bumpy surface, finishing seventh in FP1 and improving to fastest of all in FP2 – but the Mexican conceded that Red Bull still had the pace to find to be in the fight for pole position.

“Yes, it was a good day,” said Perez. “Obviously, it’s going to be very tight, it’s all about tomorrow, Saturday, trying to put it all together, and trying to find a couple of tenths that would put us in the mix for pole tomorrow.

“It was a promising FP2, but yes, there’s a lot to be done to try to improve the car and I also feel that there is some margin to still improve our long-run pace. So yes, all in all, I think it’s a positive Friday, but we’ll see tomorrow where we end up,” he concluded.

Red Bull has a 36-point deficit to Mercedes in the drivers’ standings to make up at COTA, while Verstappen aims to maintain his six-point lead in the drivers’ standings with six races remaining, starting with the United States Grand Prix this weekend.

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