Max Verstappen Bestows Sergio Perez With a Hilarious Title After His Abu Dhabi F1 Heroics

Published 12/22/2021, 12:40 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the race with third placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Guasco


Max Verstappen won the championship in a dramatic manner at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. One of the talking points of the title-deciding race was the defense that Sergio Perez put up against Lewis Hamilton.

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Now, a fortnight after that intense weekend, team boss, Christian Horner, and Verstappen look back at the infamous day and remember the drive Checo had displayed at the Yas Marina.

Max Verstappen remembers Sergio Perez’s defense against Hamilton

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The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was an intense race between Hamilton and Verstappen. The Dutch driver got some help from his Mexican teammate, as Checo tried to back up Hamilton so that Verstappen could regain the lead in the race.

The Mexican displayed such a great defense, it was praised by the entire Formula One community. Even Max was impressed and gave Checo a fitting title in a recent video, where they looked back at the race.

Horner read a message on the wall, which said, “Checo best defence ever,” which made him and Max smile. Verstappen soon responded saying, “He is the minister of defense now.” Reacting to this, Horner laughed and said, “Yeah exactly.”

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Remembering the dramatic race at Yas Marina

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The Dutch driver started from pole position for Sunday’s race, but Hamilton took the lead as soon as the lights went out. Sergio Perez of Red Bull, on the other hand, resolutely refused to let the Mercedes driver pass him so that Verstappen could catch up.

After Hamilton passed Perez, it seemed like only a matter of time before he took the win. With just a few laps remaining, Max’s title hopes were fading away, until Nicholas Latifi crashed, bringing out a safety car. Later, a controversial decision by the FIA saw both title contenders side by side for the last laps of the race.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race and the world championship as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton looks on. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Lewis did his best to keep Verstappen in his rearview mirrors, but failed; resulting in Max taking the lead of the race to the chequered flag. With such an intense end to the season, the Formula One community can’t wait to see what the 2022 season has in store for them. What are your predictions for next year? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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