Former F1 driver Mark Webber believes Max Verstappen was spurred on by Lewis Hamilton’s turbo hybrid dominance around the previous couple of seasons as he snatched a maiden title regardless of a intense fight with the 7-time environment champion. Hamilton has ruled the roost in Formula 1 given that 2014, only when beaten by his team-mate Nico Rosberg just before he arrived to blows with Verstappen this season.
Battling for a document-breaking eighth title, Hamilton was on system to gain the title-selecting period finale in Abu Dhabi just before a safety motor vehicle and a controversial selection from FIA race director Michael Masi swung the title back again towards Verstappen.
Verstappen stormed to victory immediately after a previous-lap lunge on Hamilton, crossing the line very first to seal the offer at Yas Marina.
The Dutchman is no rookie however, growing up close to the activity thanks to his father Jos. At 24 decades outdated he has just finished his seventh year in F1 and has 141 races under his belt by now.
At just 17, he grew to become the youngest driver to race in F1 when he signed for Toro Rosso in 2015, but he was rapidly promoted to Pink Bull mid-period in 2016 and went on to acquire the Spanish Grand Prix on debut.
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Verstappen picked up 10 victories on his way to successful the championship, inspite of the contentious conclude to the year.
Up in opposition to 1 of the all-time greats, Webber praised his resilience and his willingness to discover in the sport.
“The maturity he’s showed for his age when he came into the activity, he has biblical concentrations of self-confidence and feel, at the optimum level,” Webber continued. “These automobiles are not uncomplicated to get on leading of early.