Max Verstappen reflects on the ‘pressure’ and ‘nervousness’ faced by him in his maiden title winning season at the tender age of 24

Max Verstappen stoked an almost flawless last season and intends to replicate the same form amidst the immense pressure

Recently crowned world champion Max Verstappen
Recently crowned world champion Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen has gone on to become one of the household names of Formula 1 which is very rare to see keeping in mind that we have a seven time world champion, Lewis Hamilton at the peak of his powers. Lewis Hamilton has faced a lot of competition during his stint with Mercedes but nothing anything close to Max Verstappen. The Briton has usually been able to get the better off the competition eventually.

Last year we saw someone make Lewis Hamilton yield and how. Max Verstappen had put the former champion in an uncomfortable position on more than one occasion. We are not used to seeing someone grabbing the occasion by the scruff of the neck and taking the fight to Lewis Hamilton. He looked out of sorts for most parts of the season. Even though the title was decided in the last race, it should have happened earlier.

But it wasn’t as easy as it looks. Max Verstappen has had to deal with a lot to reach here. He had to overcome his over the top aggression and become sensible in which fights he has to pick and the ones which he needed to let go. Also, he has had to deal with all the pressure that one has to deal with being the new talented kid on the block, who is seen as the next big thing in the sport.

Max Verstappen stoked an almost flawless last season and intends to replicate the same form amidst the immense pressure

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen was wary of the fact that not a lot of drivers get this opportunity and he might never get it anytime soon. Hence there was a lot riding on him that season.

Max Verstappen said, “It was tense – but at the same time I really was trying to enjoy myself – because how often do you have the opportunity to fight for a title?”

“I think we finally had that last year, and you could clearly see straight away, as a team we were really in the fight.”

“It took seven years; sometimes it can take four, five, one, never! You don’t really know. But we managed to win and I’m happy with that.” As reported by Formula1.

Max Verstappen has captured everyone’s imagination by the way he has gone on with the business after stoking an almost flawless season. He showed determination and grit when the chips were down. But, he needs to do that week in and week out this season too if he wants to retain his title. His defense of his maiden title shall start in Bahrain this coming weekend.

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