Max Verstappen has taken huge strides in F1 in his relatively short but illustrious career in F1. After winning his first race in his first outing with Red Bull, the expectations were soaring high for this fierce Dutchman with his fearless mentality. We have seen a lot of talented drivers come and go but the list of drivers fulfilling their potential at the grandest stages of them all is pretty small.
The signs of him achieving greatness were there for everyone to see ever since his karting days but it was 2021 when he actually came into his own and looked like the finished product that people admire. Red Bull quite clearly had the inferior car as compared to Mercedes but Max Verstappen was not going to let anything stop him. The Dutchman delivered on his promise as he overcame all odds to win his first championship.
We see drivers like Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, who are out there doing multiple other things, but not Max Verstappen. He seems to only care about racing and racing only. We saw him booed left, right and center on multiple venues but Max was unfazed by people’s perception and just cared about the task at hand, which was winning his maiden title.
Max Verstappen receives words of appreciation from former world champion, Damon Hill
Damon Hill was all praise for the defending world champion’s unique mentality. In one of the recent interviews, Hill said, “I think the British fans love F1. They love motorsport and they appreciate anyone who gives it 100 per cent and puts on a damn good show.“
“When Ferrari won at Silverstone a few years ago, team principal Maurizio Arrivabene was thankful and surprised at the reception they got. Mainly because if you win in Italy and you are not Ferrari, you don’t get any kind of reception!“
“The British love their sport – I know Max was the villain after Abu Dhabi – but he was just doing what he’s built to do and Lewis is the same,” Damon concluded.
Drivers like Max Verstappen don’t come around often and we are fortunate enough to see the Dutchman driving at peak of his powers week in and week out. Let’s hope he keeps doing that for the longest time.