Verstappen’s stark observation on Hamilton’s F1 defeat – Lewis Hamilton was on the verge of winning his eighth Formula 1 world championship last December when Max Verstappen got in the way. A few weeks after the controversial race, the Dutchman was keen to put things into perspective.
While he could have made more Formula One history by becoming the first driver to win eight world titles, Lewis Hamilton failed to make it to the final corners of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen snatched the title from him in a dramatic race last December. It was the 24-year-old Dutch Red Bull driver’s first title. But can Verstappen understand Hamilton’s disappointment at failing to come so close? In an interview with The Guardian, the Red Bull star sent a clear message.
“Seven titles with you… I think that’s not so bad, is it ‘ “
“Hamilton’s disappointment?” muses Max,
“For me, it’s hard to imagine myself in that situation, because I’m not a seven-time world champion. If I was already seven times world champion… it hurts a little bit less than when I’m fighting for my first one, a championship that I’m leading all the way, that I’m controlling all the way, and that I would lose on the last lap.
“It would be much more painful than if I had seven titles with me. Seven titles with you… I think that’s not so bad, is it?” said Max Verstappen in an interview with The Guardian.
Today Red Bull Racing team is presenting its car for the 2022 F1 season, which will be driven by reigning world champion Max Verstappen and Mexican Sergio Perez.