'Ready na amo ko sa F1': Pinay's photo with Verstappen going viral

May 31, 2021
PHOTO: (From Left) Francisca Cellona/Instagram, AP

PROBABLY the most talked-about persona in Formula One right now is Max Verstappen.

Just last week, he won the highly anticipated Monaco Grand Prix and overtook seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in the season's point standings.

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It's only the latest plum in a career that started when the youthful Max became the youngest-ever F1 driver to win a Grand Prix, just after his debut with Red Bull Racing in 2016.

F1 is also becoming more and more prominent in the Philippines after the Drive to Survive Netflix series was released.

A week ago, a Filipina woman named Francisca Cellona shared a snapshot with the 23-year-old with the caption: "Ready na amo k sa F1 grand prix 2021." (Update, 31 May, 5:45 p.m.: It seems Cellona has already deleted her post.)

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Since its posting date on May 23, the IG post is quickly becoming viral, with even celebrities like Aubrey Miles leaving comments on Cellona's Instagram.

Cellona posing with Verstappen, while carrying ‘Baby P’, the daughter of Max’s girlfriend Kelly Piquet, inside a home that looks like Verstappen's apartment in Monaco.

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Piquet, the daughter of three-time F1 World Champ Nelson Piquet, is among the followers of Cellona’s Instagram account.

In the comments section of the post, Cellona shared that it was the first time-ever she took a picture with him.

Replying to a commenter, Cellona said: “First time ako magpa-pic sakanya.”

Piquet and Verstappen first went public about their relationship early in 2021.

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Spin.ph has reached out to Cellona for comment.

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PHOTO: (From Left) Francisca Cellona/Instagram, AP
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