Revealed: Daimler CEO Ola Källenius Inspiring Message to Marko Regarding Max Verstappen

Published 12/20/2021, 6:05 AM EST
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/Hamad I Mohammed


The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a nail-biting race as it was the championship decider between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Daimler CEO, Ola Källenius was quite impressed by the qualifying lap by the Dutch driver and sent a message to Red Bull advisor, Dr. Helmut Marko during Sunday’s highly anticipated race.

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The situation between Hamilton and Verstappen was tense as they headed into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. Källenius was backing the Dutch driver to take the title home and even gave an inspiring message to the team’s advisor on Sunday.

Daimler CEO was quite impressed by Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi

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As they prepared for the season’s last race in Abu Dhabi, the rivalry between Hamilton and Verstappen was heated. Källenius was rooting for Max to win the championship, and he even sent Dr. Marko a motivational note on Sunday.

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 REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

As quoted by Motorsport.total.com, “May the best Racer win! What Max showed yesterday was unique. That was a round for eternity, what he put there.”

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The championship title went down to the wire in Abu Dhabi

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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. Max’s title hopes were fading away, until Nicholas Latifi crashed, bringing out a safety car. 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 during the race REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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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