“Ready To Storm the Top”- F1 Champion Reviews Max Verstappen’s Growth to Being a Title-Holder

Published 12/27/2021, 7:52 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Young Driver Test – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 14, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Max Verstappen won the drivers’ championship in what would go down as one of the best seasons ever. The Red Bull driver edged out his title rival Lewis Hamilton on the last lap of the last race to take the title. Former world champion Alain Prost stated the Dutchman had the perfect season.

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Verstappen won 10 races and had 10 pole positions throughout the year. He finished 1st or 2nd in every race in which he finished and did not have damage to his car. Prost also recognized Max’s achievements and mentioned that the young driver was on another level in 2021.

This year he was ready to storm the top: Alain Prost on Max Verstappen

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As reported by Motorsport.nl, the four-time world champion mentioned Verstappen had always had the speed but too many mistakes in the past. But since the start of this season, he was ready to dominate the sport and take the championship.

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 on the podium with a Netherlands flag Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

“Max actually had the perfect season this year. When he only just started in Formula 1, I remember very well that we said, ‘he has the speed, he has everything, but he still makes a lot of mistakes because he wants too much.’ But that is also normal when you are still young.” Prost said.

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In the past year, Max almost didn’t make a mistake. Maybe only the one during qualifying in Jeddah, but hey, he was pushing so insanely hard there, too. This year he was ready to storm the top,” Prost added.

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 with the Netherlands flag on the podium REUTERS/Rula Rouhana

Verstappen did take another step this season to challenge the dominance of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. Now, it would be interesting to see how the Red Bull driver reacts next season. Whether he will push for another title or still be in the hangover of his first one, only time will tell.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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