Following the shock news that Honda is going to pull out of F1 after 2021, the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team has been left without an engine supplier. While no official statement from Verstappen has surfaced, many fans are stating he has unfollowed his team on social media.
The news that the Honda F1 team is pulling out of the sport at the end of 2021 has shocked the entire Formula One community. Beyond the obvious ramifications for the drivers, this also leaves the Red Bull Racing team without an official engine partner, as theirs were sourced from Honda.
Red Bull Racing’s official statement following the announcement was “This decision does not affect Honda’s commitment to achieving our shared goals during the remainder of our partnership as we aim to build on our joint success until the end of 2021.”
While we are unable to say for certain whether Max followed the accounts before the Honda announcement, this does seem like very strange behavior for Verstappen to display. Max does still display “F1 driver @redbullracing” in his Instagram bio, so he may not be looking to jump ship just yet.
No wonder Max unfollowed Red Bull and Honda on IG. Sign him, Mercedes.
Interestingly, the speculation continues deeper than Max’s own behavior. Twitter user @FiftyBucksss also points out that Ola Källenius, head of Mercedes-Benz, has suddenly been followed by Max’s dad Jos.
This Mercedes rumor mill also seems to have piqued the interest of Verstappen and Mercedes F1 fans alike. Many fans are now calling for Verstappen to make the ‘jump’ from Red Bull Racing to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team.
Interestingly enough, in the hour since the tweets began to surface, Max has suddenly re-followed the Red Bull Racing account.
Max appears to have suddenly re-followed the team’s Instagram account, with their name at the top of his list.
Whether it was a knee-jerk reaction to the news or a technical error is unclear, but it will be interesting to see if Verstappen issues any sort of official statement in the coming days.
The Chipotle Challenger Series returned on Octrober 1, this time featuring Fortnite Battle Royale action as players and a star-studded list of influencers and streamers went head-to-head.
Both of the previous events in the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series were won by surprise teams, as unexpected players made it all the way through the qualifiers to take home the winner’s prize and a year’s worth of free burritos in the finale.
Chipotle Fortnite Challenge Results – October 1
This time, though, the winners were a little less shocking as Furious, Ronaldo, and illest took home the grand prize – $50,000 and a year’s worth of free Chipotle burritos!
The Trio blitzed through to first place with three extremely high scoring games out of their five in the grand finals. 77 points pushed them just ahead of the second-best team on the day by a total of three points.
A look at the top three Trios at the end of the Chipotle Challenger Series event.
Who else was playing?
As well as the qualified teams, there was another stacked lineup of celebrities, streamers, and YouTubers taking part in the tournament. Here are some of the biggest names:
Soccer phenom Christian Pulisic
Hoopster Josh Hart
Top hoops draft picks Cole Anthony, Obi Toppin, and Tre Jones
DJ Deacon Phillippe
In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there were four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams scored one point for each elimination they earned.
There was a total of four qualifiers for the tournament. Each qualifier:
Allowed up to 1000 trio teams
Had private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
Had a Ladder system that allowed registrants to play for the totality of the 3-hour window
Qualifying teams then have the chance to go head to head in a private lobby of 33 trio teams with streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes. Again, it was played in a private lobby, which included:
The top four teams from each qualifying round
17 teams of invited talent
A 5-game series
Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool
A total of $50,000 in prize money was presented to winners of the Fortnite event. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the winners also secured themselves free burritos for a year!
Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results
Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.
Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30
Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.
As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.
The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.
A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.
These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.
Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.
Chipotle and esports
This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.
The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.
In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.
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