After winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Max Verstappen admitted to crying in his Red Bull on the in-lap.
Max Verstappen said that he cried in his car during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix’s cooldown lap, minutes after crossing the finish line to win the 2021 Formula One Drivers’ World Championship.
After winning his first championship at the Yas Marina Circuit, the Dutch driver spoke with Red Bull about the success and the feelings of realizing a lifetime desire.
Crying on the radio
Verstappen revealed that the tense way in which the title was won, with a last-lap pass on Lewis Hamilton, prompted him to spend the cooldown lap sobbing in his car.
“Yeah, it was insane,” he said. “Everyone’s screaming on the radio. Everyone’s super emotional, not thinking it would happen initially.
“Also me, I was crying on the lap, there’s no hiding about it. It was just insane. The whole lap, [I] couldn’t believe it.
“The stress of the whole season, the whole battle, and then it looked like it was not going our way. Suddenly, it turns around in a crazy fashion and then it does come your way. I mean, it couldn’t have been more dramatic!”
What’s next for Verstappen?
Verstappen stated openly that he has accomplished his aim in Formula One and that everything that happens after that is only a bonus for him.
“[A] few more years in Formula 1,” he commented, when asked about his plans.
“I said already that anything now, what happens, is just a bonus after winning the championship, because that was my final goal.”
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