“It’s Going Dutch in 2021!”: Orange Army Revels in A Moment That Made History A Year Since Max Verstappen’s First Championship

Published 12/12/2022, 5:41 AM EST

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Exactly a year ago on this day, Max Verstappen carved his name in the history books as he won his maiden title in F1. Despite the situation being messy, the Dutch Lion stood on top of the podium as he was announced as the 2021 world champion. It was an unbelievable achievement for Max and Red Bull who enjoyed a fantastic season together.

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Both Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton went into the race with equal points. The equation was fairly simple, beat the other driver and win the championship. Verstappen pulled out a stellar qualifying lap to grab the pole position for Sunday’s race ahead of Lewis. The Red Bull driver was almost there.

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However, he wouldn’t have expected the 7-time title winner to take it easy against him. The Mercedes driver overtook him and enjoyed the lead for much of the race. It seemed impossible for Hamilton to lose the championship from where he was. However, Nicholas Latifi’s crash brought out a Safety Car and everything changed.

Verstappen, who had nothing to lose, pitted for a brand-new set of tires while Hamilton stayed out. Red Bull’s gamble paid off. Michael Masi, the race director asked the SC to come in with a lap to go in a call that would forever change the sport.

Toto Wolff could not believe what he had just witnessed. Max went past the Mercedes driver in the final lap to win the Abu Dhabi GP and his first championship.

Verstappen fans react to the anniversary of Max winning the title on Twitter

Max Verstappen fans took to Twitter to celebrate and reminisce about the Dutch Lion winning the trophy a year ago. Fans could hardly believe it was a year already since Verstappen beat Hamilton to the title.

Subsequently, some fans also quoted the comments from the final lap of the race.

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Meanwhile, some of them were there for the memes.

Moreover, other fans shared the delight of Max becoming the champion.

Additionally, some fans just enjoyed the entertaining and frantic end to the 2021 F1 season.

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While things have gone south for Lewis since the final lap of the Abu Dhabi 2021 GP, Max Verstappen grabbed his second title in succession this year.

WATCH THIS STORY: Max Verstappen Wittily Responds to Backlash for 2021 Championship Win

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Can Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes fight back this season or will Red Bull prove too good for them again?

 

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Tanmay Khanna

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Tanmay Khanna is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. He has always been an avid sports fan, with F1 and soccer being his two favorites. Due to his inherent love for sports and competition, he has been able to understand the world of F1 inside out.
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Varunkumaar Chelladurai

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