When Max Verstappen won the Brazilian Grand Prix, the Red Bull Racing team celebrated by playing the song “Green Green Grass of Home” on the team radio, as it was symbolic and meaningful to Max Verstappen’s childhood.
‣ Max Verstappen won the Brazilian Grand Prix.
‣ Verstappen sings along to ‘Green Green Grass of Home,’ with his race engineer.
‣ Horner explain the special moment and song choice in an interview.
‣ The song was special to Verstappen, something he listened to in car rides with his father on the way back from kart races.
In a surprising move, Red Bull Racing commemorated driver Max Verstappen’s Brazilian Grand Prix victory by playing Tom Jones’ song “Green Green Grass of Home” on the team radio. According to team boss Christian Horner, the song choice was based on Verstappen’s family history. “It was the most unlikely song, but Jos told me in Qatar. He went ‘Green Green Grass’ by Tom Jones,” said Horner in an interview quoted by Reuters. “He absolutely loved it. He knew all the words.” The song is significant to Verstappen because it was always played in the car when he and his father, Jos Verstappen, returned home from kart races during his early years.
Even though Verstappen’s team tried to make light of the triumphal moment by playing the sentimental song, Verstappen, according to reports, sang along, but admitted that he is not such a talented singer. His race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase also advised the Dutchman not to give up his day job for a singing career. Horner expressed his surprise: “He absolutely loved it. He knew all the words,” Horner added. “Obviously after the Spice Girls I was thinking he would be totally into Ed Sheeran or somebody, a contemporary of his age range. But Tom Jones?” There might have been some sentimentality seen in the song choice, however, the decision to go with Tom Jones reflects how Red Bull Racing values Verstappen’s history and background, thus making the victory even sweeter.”