“While Chanting All Over the Place” – Max Verstappen’s Advice to His Younger Self

Published 12/14/2021, 8:12 AM 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 Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Guasco


Max Verstappen surprised everyone when he first stepped into the Formula One grid. Now in 2021, the Red Bull prodigy is a world champion. Looking back at his childhood, the Dutch driver has some words of wisdom for his younger self.

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When young drivers are in their karting days, they dream to be a Formula One driver. Max has done more than that as he took home his first F1 title after the dramatic Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, looking back at his career he has some advice for his younger self.

Max Verstappen shares some words of wisdom with his younger self

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In an interview with BBC 5 Live Sport speaking to Jennie Gow, when asked about any advice he has for his younger self. Verstappen replied, “Keep being you, and enjoy what you’re doing at the time because you know you shouldn’t worry too much. And I didn’t at that time, I was just playing a lot, having fun with my friends. I of course was hoping of becoming a Formula One driver at that time.”

“But I think you also should really stay in the moment and actually not worry about too, not worry about “Can I make it to Formula One” and you know just be a young kid, enjoy racing, enjoy kicking a football next to track, enjoy opening up your hands and elbows, while chanting all over the place you know with your friends. Yeah, just be yourself, don’t stress,”Verstappen concluded.

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A dramatic title fight at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton stole the lead from his arch-rival, and title contender Verstappen as soon as the lights went out at the final race of the season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; taking away Max’s hope of winning his first F1 title.

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

However, it wasn’t over, as he was backed up by Red Bull driver Checo Perez in order to aid his Dutch teammate to get back his lead in the race. But, things were about to take a turn for the worst for Hamilton as a safety car caused insane drama towards the end of the race, which gave Max the opportunity to overtake the 7-time world champion and steal his championship.

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With a few months left before the start of the 2022 season, the Red Bull driver is hoping to defend his title but, as for now, he will savor the moment of being a world champion.

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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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