Bull Racing Honda driver 24-year-old Max Verstappen won the Abu Dhabi Grand
Prix, the 22nd round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship and the 26 points
he scored was enough for him to take the World Championship title. This is
Verstappen’s first ever title and for Honda, it is the first for 30 years, since
Ayrton Senna won it in 1991.
Dutchman, now 24, made his debut in 2015, when he was just 17 years old, making
him the youngest ever driver to start a Formula 1 Grand Prix. Even back then,
he was already tipped for greatness. In 2019, he won the Austrian Grand Prix,
to give Honda its first win in the current hybrid era. So far this season,
Verstappen has won 10 races, starting with the second round, the Emilia Romagna
Grand Prix, also taking victory in the historic race around the streets of
Monaco, as well as his home Grand Prix on F1’s return to Zandvoort.
“It feels incredible to be World Champion and
I couldn’t have asked for a more insane last race of the year. It was a bit of
a rollercoaster, from not really having a chance of winning until the last lap,
everything came together, and we had to go for it. I kept saying to myself, I
am just going to give it my all and I have until the end and that is what we
did. Of course, with that safety car restart in the last lap we had the fresher
tires but you still need to do the move – luckily it worked out,” said the
young Max Verstappen
want to say a big thank to Checo, because of his performance today, I won the
Championship, he was driving his heart out for this Team. Today showed exactly
what great teamwork is, he's an amazing teammate. Mercedes won the
Constructors’ and we won the Driver’s Championship so it really shows that
throughout the whole year we pushed each other to the very end. Lewis is an
amazing driver, there is no discussion about it. Of course, we had our moments
throughout the season but I think you know that after everything we had an
amazing fight this season and I think both teams gave it their all,” he added.
said it was going to need something from the racing Gods in the last ten laps
and thank goodness for that safety car. It has been a great competition this
season and for Max to win the World Championship, it is not just about the race
here, it is about the whole year and how incredible and consistent he has been
as a driver. All credit to Lewis too, he has been a phenomenal opponent all
year and a great World Champion, he has been formidable and that is what makes
it even more of a monumental achievement to win this. This Championship came
down to the last lap and it was a great strategy call by the Team to make that
pit stop onto the set of softs and then it was down to Max to make it happen,
which he did in typical Max style. I was screaming from turn five all the way
down that back straight. He got the job done,” noted Christian
Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing Honda.
Max Verstappen was born on September 30, 1997 and he is of Dutch
origin. In 2014 he came 3rd in FIA European Formula 3 Championship and in 2015
made his debut in F1 racing as the youngest F1 driver ever (17 years and 165
days). He came 12th in Formula One Drivers Championship. In 2016 he came 5th in
Formula One Drivers Championship and had his first win in Rd.5 in Spain which
also marked the youngest win in F1 history. He was 18 years and 228 days old. In
2017, he came 6th, then 4th in 2018 and 3rd in
2019 Formula One Drivers Championship. He won in Rd.9 in Austria which marked his
1st win for Honda in Hybrid Era. In 2020, he came in 3rd in Formula One Drivers
Championship and now in 2021 he has become the Formula One World Driver’s
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