Max spray paints an Aston Martin DB11

Published on 21 March 2018 by Niels Hendrix

Give Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo an Aston Martin DB11 each and a can of spray paint… it doesn’t sound exactly like the safest plan, but it works perfectly well when they have famous street artist Julian Clavijo on hand to make sure what the boys create can be called ‘custom’ rather than ‘catastrophe’.

The location for this morning's workshop was Hosier Lane, graffiti central in the Melbourne CBD. The bluestone laneway hidden away behind Flinders Street Station is an internationally-renowned street art venue, attracting artists from all around the world. It takes something special to draw the eye away from the exuberance of colour and shape on the walls but two Aston Martin DB11s can do that – especially with a distinctly non-standard colour scheme.

Max and Daniel, with the aid of a stencil, got to fill in their racing numbers in shades of their choice. Max said: "I think mine looks decent. My little add-ons are perhaps not quite so professional – but I enjoyed myself. It's been a pretty cool morning. It's the first time I've painted a car – so quite funny to start with a DB11."

After the spray cans were gently removed from their hand and put out of harm's way, Max and Daniel did a round of media interviews. The theme of their comments was strikingly similar: the winter has been too long; they're eager to go racing again. Sunday's Australian Grand Prix can't come soon enough.

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