Max Verstappen formally crowned F1’s 2021 world champion at FIA Gala, hopes Lewis Hamilton continues into 2022

The Red Bull driver officially becomes the 34th Formula 1 World Champion with the presentation of the trophy at the FIA ​​Season End Gala in Paris; Max on Lewis Hamilton’s future: “I see no reason to quit or quit now”

Last updated: 17/12/21 8:10


Max Verstappen was officially crowned 2021 Formula 1 champion after receiving his trophy at the FIA ​​awards ceremony, which Lewis Hamilton did not attend following the season’s controversial decision.

Four days after winning a dramatic Abu Dhabi GP and his first title, Verstappen, 24, got his hands on the Drivers’ Championship trophy he had long dreamed of in Paris on Thursday night.

“Becoming world champion is my life goal achieved. Everything that comes after is a bonus,” said Verstappen, 34th and fourth youngest F1 world champion.

“Of course I will keep pushing and I will be in F1 for a few more years. Even though it is nice to be called world champion, I think more about the long journey and all the hours I spent working with my father to be here. It has been a season long and hard and I feel great that I have finally achieved my goal.

“I hope I can do it many more times. It was an incredible battle with Lewis, one of the greatest drivers ever in Formula 1. We really pushed each other. At the end of the day, we can look each other in the eye and respect each other. ‘other, which is really important “.

Neither Hamilton nor Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff were present.

The event took place a few hours after Mercedes withdrew the appeal at the conclusion of the race last weekend, although Wolff said he remained “disillusioned” and that “it will take a long time to digest” what happened. .

Even Mercedes, which still claimed an eighth record manufacturers’ title on Sunday, did not send its F1 and Formula E championship-winning cars to Paris, and was represented by chief engineer James Allison.

“I will not be there for my loyalty to Lewis and my personal integrity,” Wolff explained Thursday.

New F1 world champion Max Verstappen claims Lewis Hamilton

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New F1 world champion Max Verstappen says Lewis Hamilton “has no reason” not to return to Formula 1 next season after Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said he cannot guarantee Hamilton will race next year.

New F1 world champion Max Verstappen says Lewis Hamilton “has no reason” not to return to Formula 1 next season after Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said he cannot guarantee Hamilton will race next year.

It is unclear whether Hamilton will have to face the consequences of missing the event, as Article 6.6 of the F1 Sporting Regulations states that “drivers who finish first, second and third in the championship must be present at the annual awards ceremony of the championship. FIA “.

Outgoing FIA President Jean Todt said he did not want to discuss controversial issues at a celebratory event, adding that he felt “sorry” that Mercedes was not present on a larger scale as it deserved “much more reward” for its latest win. in the Constructors’ Championship.

In addition to Allison, Valtteri Bottas was present, third in the championship and who will leave Mercedes for the 2022 season.

In a press conference early Thursday, Wolff admitted that both he and Hamilton felt “disillusioned” after the events in Abu Dhabi and offered no guarantee that the latter would definitely return to F1 for 2022.

These comments were addressed to Verstappen at the FIA ​​Gala, who said: “I can understand that the first few days after such a race you are not happy, but you should also understand that this is racing.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton are disillusioned and the driver will never get over what happened on the final lap in Abu Dhabi.

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton are disillusioned and the driver will never get over what happened on the final lap in Abu Dhabi.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton are disillusioned and the driver will never get over what happened on the final lap in Abu Dhabi.

“I think he should just look back at what he has already achieved.

“This should give him a lot of comfort and it should also be that push to move forward because he is still looking to fight for that eighth title and he can definitely do it again next year.

“So I see no reason to give up or quit now.”

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