WATCH: Max Verstappen Receives a Hero’s Welcome on His Return to Red Bull F1 Headquarters

Published 12/15/2021, 12:02 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen poses with a tyre after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Rula Rouhana


Max Verstappen won the 2021 world championship dramatically. He overtook his championship rival Lewis Hamilton in the last lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With his late lunge on the last lap, the young Dutchman sent the whole Red Bull team and the motor sport world into a frenzy.

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He returned to the team’s factory in Milton Keynes on Wednesday and received a hero’s welcome. The team members fired up orange flare guns to cover the new world champion in smoke. He embraced everyone present at the celebration and walked into the factory to celebrate with the team.

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Max Verstappen to run with No.1 on his car next season

As reported by Formula1.com, the Red Bull driver mentioned he will replace his traditional 33 on the car with No.1. Max stated he was not sure how many times he would get the opportunity to use that number in the future.

“Yeah, I will run it. How many times can you do that? I don’t know, maybe it’s the only time I can in my life. It’s the best number out there. So I will definitely put it on the car.” said the Dutch driver.

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 Dutch driver sympathized with his rival Lewis Hamilton and mentioned that he can understand his pain. But he also revealed that Lewis can take comfort in the fact that he has already won seven titles.

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“Of course, it helps if you have already seven titles. That comforts him a bit. I think if it was the other way around, it would have been more painful for me because I didn’t have one,” said the world champion.

This will be the first time since 2014 that a driver will use No.1 on their car. The last time Sebastian Vettel used it when he was world champion from 2010 to 2013.

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Max Verstappen would love to defend his title in the 2022 season and prove to the world that he is the undisputed No.1 driver in the sport right now.

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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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