Sir Max Verstappen? The Dutchman Shares His Thoughts on Hamilton’s Knighthood- “World Champion Is Enough”

Published 12/22/2021, 6:25 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/Rula Rouhana


The world of motorsport felt proud when Sir Lewis Hamilton was knighted. Now, with a new title to his name, Verstappen too received a new title. However, the Dutchman is happy with the one he has; maybe Sir Max Verstappen doesn’t quite have a nice ring to it.

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Sitting down in a recent interview, Max Verstappen looked back on an incredible title fight gone by. Yet, the title fight wouldn’t be complete without his rival, Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was as consistent as always in a charging battle to the last lap of the season.

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When asked about wanting a similar title for himself, Verstappen begged to differ. “I cannot become a Sir in the Netherlands, but it is not necessary either. I am a racing driver. The title of world champion is enough.”

Clearly still euphoric and content with his achievements just over a week ago, the elation hasn’t died down for the Dutch Lion. Happy without an accolade ahead of his name, the number one on the car and the championship trophy should be just fine.

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As David Croft screamed into his mic as Verstappen approached the finish line: “they have shared a brilliant championship battle, but the championship can only be won by one…”

It truly was a championship battle to cherish. Although the predictions of the drama continuing to the final lap of the final race turned out to be true, it wasn’t in the way people expected. Especially not Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. Now, Hamilton’s silence has been worrying. To add into the mix, Wolff’s apprehensions surrounding Hamilton’s retirement have fans concerned.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

But Verstappen doesn’t believe so. “The normal thing is that he returns. His words after the race were very emotional. I am counting on him for 2022.” Ready for another round of action with the 7-time champion, Verstappen places his bets on Hamilton.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen before the race Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili.

Despite the trials and tribulations, Verstappen knows that the respect shared hasn’t changed. “In the end, it was good. Of course, we had our moments and maybe we were angry with each other. But we also had good duels and overtaking maneuvers. So the respect is still there.”

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As the world still waits with bated breath to hear from Hamilton, surely the driver will turn to the words emblazoned on his back- “Still I Rise.”

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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