F1 World Champion Max Verstappen says he needs “luck” and “a very dominant team” to get closer to Lewis Hamilton’s seventh inning.
Red Bull Honda’s Max Verstappen won last year’s F1 World Champion by overtaking Lewis Hamilton on the final lap in the final round of the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The 2021 F1 World Championship was a thrilling championship battle from start to finish. Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton swapped point leaders six times.
Max Verstappen, who won the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, won his first driver’s title, at least defeating Lewis Hamilton’s record-breaking eighth attempt to win the title.
“Everything coming is just a bonus and I’m going to enjoy it,” Max Verstappen told CarNext.
24-year-old Max Verstappen never wants to stay in one title, but admits that it’s not even easy to get close to Lewis Hamilton’s seven.
“It takes a little luck to fight seven or eight times,” said Max Verstappen.
“To achieve that, we need a very dominant team, and we don’t always have that luck or that era. Sometimes it doesn’t happen.”
“I’ve always wanted to win once. Let’s see where to go from there.”
“Everything coming is a bonus, but that doesn’t mean I’ll lose the race … it’s still upset, but maybe just a few minutes after saying’OK’.”
Red Bull and Verstappen will be on the 2022 grid as one of the favorites of the championship’s success, depending on how well they are responding to the new regulations.
F1 will introduce a whole new machine this season. That decision forced the F1 team to split their workload last year.
Red Bull Honda, who sought to win the Max Verstappen title to the end, may have taken too long to focus on the 2021 car, and last year’s test driver Alex Albon The statement was interpreted as “stopping” the work of the 2022 machine.
But Helmut Marko, Red Bull F1’s motorsport adviser, claims that such a thing never happened.
“Albon’s remarks were misinterpreted,” Helmut Marko told F1 Insider.
“I can only say that I want to keep the Max Verstappen title, and I’m in a very good position to do so.”
“Two different development programs were running in 2021. Both were working.”
“There is no reason to believe that Mercedes and we are not candidates for the championship again this year unless someone finds the Philosopher’s Stone in the new regulation.”