Why do Max Verstappen fans wear Orange?

Max Verstappen's 'Orange Army' fans wear the colour orange to show their unwavering support for the driver as it’s the national colour of the Netherlands.

Dutch Grand Prix
Dutch Grand Prix

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has recently been crowned the 2021 Formula One World Champion. The 24-year-old Dutchman won the title on the last race of the 2021 season in Abu Dhabi after beating 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in an epic season finale.

The Dutchman is well known for his attacking and aggressive style of driving, his stoic attitude towards races and his loyal fanbase. At the age of 18, Max Verstappen won the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix on his debut for Red Bull Racing, becoming the youngest-ever driver and the first Dutch driver to win a Formula One Grand Prix. Since then the Dutchman has gone on to win 20 more races and has a dedicated fanbase who flood races with the colours of Orange.

The 2021 Champion is set to defend his title and will be hungry for race wins. And so will be his passionate, vocal and always partying fans whom Verstappen calls the ‘Orange Army’. If you have wondered why the Dutch fans are always seen sporting the bright Orange colour then here’s the reason why!

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Why Max Verstappen’s ‘Orange Army’ sport the colour Orange

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

Max Verstappen fans adore the colour Orange as it is considered the national colour of the Netherlands. The colour orange refers to the family name of the Dutch Royal Family, the House of Orange-Nassau. It has since been associated with the country’s sports. Most famously, Netherlands’s national football team famously plays in bright orange shirts and is referred to as ‘Oranje‘ which is Dutch for Orange.

Verstappen has accumulated a significant fanbase from around the world, with a majority hailing from his home country of the Netherlands. Grand Prix events have dedicated Verstappen grandstands with thousands of travelling Dutch fans, boosting ticket sales, particularly for European races such as Belgium, Austria and Hungary.

The 2021 Dutch Grand Prix was the first Dutch Grand Prix to take place since 1985. Max claimed the race victory and became the first Dutch Driver to win a home Grand Prix. His fans made the race’s atmosphere wild after lighting up Orange flares and making the entire circuit shrouded in a sea of Orange.

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The Rise and Rise of Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen is due to remain at Red Bull until at least the end of the 2028 season after signing a contract extension. The Dutchman said that he would love to drive with Red Bull until his retirement from the sport and after his World Championship win he was awarded a bumper extension.

Verstappen is now the joint highest earner on the Formula One Grid along with title rival Lewis Hamilton earning $55 million a year. Verstappen said. “I love this team and last year was simply incredible, our goal since we came together in 2016 was to win the championship and we have done that, so now it’s about keeping the number one on the car long-term.”

Verstappen would be sporting the Number 1 on his car and helmet as he defends the title ahead of the 2022 season. Red Bull have retained Sergio Perez as his teammate and the duo will be on the hunt to Red Bull’s first Constructors title since 2013.

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