Inside Max Verstappen and Lando Norris’ bromance gone bad: They’ve been friends since childhood – and fly to races together – but has their relationship nose-dived following their Austrian GP collision?

Max Verstappen versus Lando Norris has threatened to be the rivalry that would headline Formula One for the next decade.

After three world championships – two pretty much uncontested – in a row, the dominant Dutchman finally appears to have a challenger at the front of the grid in the form of an old rival. And Norris just happens to be one of his friends.

Verstappen and Norris have known each other for a lot of their lives. You may have seen the various photos from 2013 from their karting days.

 

Just two years separate the pair – Verstappen is 26 and Norris 24 –  who grew up together. They were rivals but friends, though the latter may now be slipping following drama at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Their rivalry came to a head in very public fashion, with both left angry after a collision cost them both the chance of victory. Their races were ruined but their friendship was tested, too.

The friendship between Max Verstappen (left) and Lando Norris (right) could be on the ropes
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The friendship between Max Verstappen (left) and Lando Norris (right) could be on the ropes

The two drivers came to blows as both refused to back down in a battle for the lead of the Austrian Grand Prix
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The two drivers came to blows as both refused to back down in a battle for the lead of the Austrian Grand Prix

Verstappen refused to apologise for the incident, which saw him drop to fifth
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Norris, meanwhile, branded his friend 'stupid' and 'reckless' after he retired from the race
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Verstappen refused to apologise for the incident, with Norris branding his friend ‘stupid’ and ‘reckless’

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