Making the Dutch National Anthem Household Knowledge, “Hero” Max Verstappen Given High Praise From Fellow Countryman

Published 12/21/2022, 7:45 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the Dutch Grand Prix REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

The young man who entered the Formula 1 circuit with excitement coursing through his veins and who went on to make history has gradually mentioned his name in the list of Formula 1’s all-time greats. Max Verstappen who made his debut as yet another prodigious talent in 2015, is now a popular performer.

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The Red Bull driver this year put on a masterclass and won the championship with four races remaining. The manager of Verstappen, Raymond Vermuelen, claims that the orange army has flocked to support their “Hero” due to the Dutchman’s obvious talent. Due to the nation’s tiny size, it boasts comparatively few sporting legends. There was no local hero after Johan Cruyff’s achievement, but Verstappen’s career has perhaps attracted greater attention.

In an interview with motorsportsmagazine.com Raymond Vermuelen said, “I think that’s the last big hero was Cruyff. That’s one of the biggest export products what we had in Holland, but Max is representing Holland on the fantastic way. He got the support from all Dutchies and they like to travel, so they bring the orange kit all over the world. And that is sort of reflecting the Dutch spirit.”

We all recall the 202. 1 season as being the one with the fiercest rivalry between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. The Dutchman’s miraculous victory at the time ignited a conflict that has continued to this day, and the 2022 season saw a single incident at the Interlagos circuit that allayed the fears of the fans who had waited an entire year to see the intense battle.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton drive differently against each other

Throughout this season, Mercedes had struggled with their porpoising issue, whereas Red Bull had fixed the problem at the beginning of the season. However, as the season’s final weekend rolled around, the Mercedes experienced an improvement in their performance and was able to race the Red Bull, which led to a collision with the Austrian team.

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Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 14, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during the race REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

After the incident, several F1 analysts and specialists shared their thoughts, and now Mark Hughes has come up with his opinion. Speaking in the Motorsport Magazine podcast, Mark Hughes said that the two drivers compete differently against each other. He said, “You saw it as early as Bahrain, the first race, where [Verstappen and Leclerc] were passing and repassing and Max was giving him room. That’s just not how he races against Lewis.”

Adding further, he said, “It’s a difficult one because Lewis sometimes gives him room and sometimes thinks, ‘no’. Brazil was one of those occasions [with Lewis saying] ‘I know what you’re trying to do and you’re not going to do it’, and Max was saying, ‘I know what you’re going to do and I’m coming through anyway.’ He does race Lewis differently to others.”

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Though the Dutchman won this year’s championship relatively easily, do you think the Interlagos incident was just a calm before the storm in 2023?

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Aditya Srivastava

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Aditya Srivastava is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Although he has completed his undergrad in History, due to his passion for the field, he couldn't hold himself back from entering the world of Sports Journalism. Being a huge fan of Formula 1, Aditya has taken up multiple internships and freelancing gigs where he got to pen down his thoughts about the most prestigious form of motor racing in the world.

Edited By: Varunkumaar Chelladurai

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