Max Verstappen ended Lewis Hamilton’s reign at the top, as he claimed the F1 title in 2021. The Dutch driver snatched the title away from Hamilton on the final lap of the Abu Dhabi GP under the most controversial manner. The 24-year-old had a historic F1 season, where he claimed 10 race wins, and managed to earn a record 18 podiums throughout the season.
Former Red Bull driver, Mark Webber has heaped praise on Max Verstappen and believes that the Dutchman has set a new standard in Formula One. The Australian added that talents like Verstappen do not come often, and he is certainly a gift to the sport.
Max Verstappen was up against a seven-time world champion in Lewis Hamilton this year. Many thought that he would simply crumble under pressure. However, to the shock of several fans, the youngster battled right until the end, showing no signs of any nerves.
“He is great!,” Mark Webber on Max Verstappen
Mark Webber himself came close to winning the F1 title in 2010, where four drivers entered the final race of the season in contention for the title. Hence, Mark Webber realizes the magnitude of the effort that it takes to win a championship.
Max Verstappen got the highest praise for Mark Webber, as he was labelled as a generational talent by the former driver. Webber urged the sporting community to show respect to the Dutchman. “It was amazing for motorsports and also a new standard for Formula 1. These drivers come around once every ten years. He is great! The sport should cherish him,” said Webber as quoted by GPBlog.
Max Verstappen will look to defend his title next season. The 24-year-old had earlier stated that his main aim was to win a championship, and anything more than that would be just an added bonus. Nevertheless, the pressure will be on the Red Bull driver this time around, as he is no longer just a challenger, but a champion.