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Dutchman Max Verstappen wins his second world title in confusion

Dutchman Max …

In Formula 1, the showdown in the 2021-2022 season, accompanied by incredible suspense and drama, is but a distant memory. The epic duel between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen was resolved on the last lap of the last race. Ten months later, the championship finale on the contrary presents a scenario without surprise, where in 2022 the Dutchman achieved an impressive solo contestant.

On Sunday October 9, he won the Japanese Grand Prix ahead of Sergio Perez and his main rival Charles Leclerc, third after five seconds from a penalty kick. “It’s crazy, it’s a mixture of feelings. I won the race and won the championshipDouble world champion reaction. What a season we have been through. I would never have imagined dominating this much after what happened last year when we fought to the end. We have such a beautiful car. »

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Unsurprisingly given the season but with plenty of confusion and twists and turns at Suzuka. At a Japanese circuit made extremely difficult by rain that fell and caused the race to stop for long minutes into the third lap, the reigning world champion did it again by keeping his possessions while four races still to be contested on the calendar. The scenario was surprising as Verstappen initially did not think he would score enough points to crown this weekend.

He only heard the news after his post-race interview. When the number of laps completed is between 50% and 75% of the total number of laps scheduled for a Grand Prix (53 at Suzuka), the points awarded are reduced: 19 eg for the winner instead of 25 and 14 for the second instead of 18. However, to everyone’s surprise, according to an ambiguous paragraph of the complex Formula 1 regulations, the race management finally decided to award the classic number of points, even if the drivers completed only 27 of the 53 laps of the Japanese grand price.

With the penalty kick from Leclerc, who missed his last corner, Verstappen scored ten points more than Monaco. Thus, he increased his lead from 104 to 114 points. He also beats his colleague Sergio Perez by 113 points. It is no longer possible to join the standings of the World Drivers’ Championship.

‘He was at his best’

Throughout the season, Max’s appetite will be as high as the logo many Orange supporters, who follow him around the world, display on their shirts. In eighteen races he won in twelve. The hero was unanimous within the pasture. “He was at the top of his game. He was very consistentadmits French Esteban Ocon, an alpine pilot. He also ran exceptional races starting from the back, going up and winning without any contact, without any fault. Congratulations to him. »

However, the beginning of the year foreshadowed a great rivalry, no longer between Mercedes and Red Bull, but between the ghost Ferrari and the team of the Austrian energy drink brand. The famous Transalpine team’s return to the lead was just a flash: two wins in Charles Leclerc’s first three Grands Prix. At Imola in April, on “Rossi” ground, Verstappen started a streak of five successes in six races, leaving only the crumbs for the competition, including one win… for teammate Sergio Perez.

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In the middle of summer, Ferrari briefly hopes for victories in Great Britain (July 3) and Austria (July 10) before making a final way to the Grand Prix de France (July 24). Max Verstappen was so strong, like his stunning performance at Spa-Françonchamps, that the Dutchman won the Belgian Grand Prix on August 28 despite a penalty that put him back in 14th place.e position on the starting grid.

Even his British boss Christian Horner, who has frequented the phenomenon since his promotion to Red Bull in 2016, didn’t believe it: “You witness the performance of a driver uniting his car (…) In case of blessing. » A week later, the driver was at home still sowing more competition. At Zandvoort aan Zee – a small Dutch seaside resort on the North Sea – 300,000 spectators celebrated the victory and above all the promised title to their favorite a few weeks earlier.

“ordinary man”

Silent, a man of few words – except when he calls opponents, the race director or even his team in the middle of the race – not too broad, Verstappen belies the enthusiasm of his orange army of fans. This driver’s son (his father, Jos, was a Formula 1 car driver) was born to drive a race car. And that’s all he’s interested in. In this, he is far from the glamor of his predecessor Lewis Hamilton, a comforting planetary star in the world of illustrious and show business.

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In a recent interview with Mondon his own land, Verstappen identified himself as “ordinary man”. And after waiting five years in F1 to be able to join the title race, he also found his development natural: “Over the years, you don’t get much better at your raw pace in the race but you do get better by trying things out over the seasons, as if you were putting the pieces of a puzzle together.”

The win last season was a flick after years of frustration: “I have always said that whatever comes after the first league win will be a bonus. That is indeed the case.” Without this being an end result. The misunderstanding of this maniac with performance and victory would be: “But I want to win more.”

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At the age of 25, which he celebrated last week in Singapore, the hero appears to have reached the pinnacle of his art. Without thinking about Hamilton’s seven consecutive titles, he could dream of a long string of successes. F1 was engaged in the first year of its new regulations, which are supposed to allow for more competition and rebalance between many teams, and had no hope of such overwhelming dominance. Seeing him go on will not be good neither for his image nor for that of his hero.

The controversy over the safety of the Suzuka driver

In October 2014, at Suzuka, Jules Bianchi hit at full speed a lifting crane that was maneuvering to free one more seat. The young French pilot fell into a coma nine months later.

Eight years after that tragic accident, tragedy may have been averted during the 2022 edition of the Japanese Grand Prix. The other tricolor pilot, Pierre Gasly, avoided a collision with a similar machine that entered the track to free the damaged single-seater Carlos Sainz. Looks like the red flag hasn’t been raised yet or about to be raised. ‘I could have killed myself’Gasly drifted away.

“How do we explain that we never want to see a crane on the track? We lost Joel because of this mistake. What happened today is totally unacceptable!!!!!”Sergio Perez, in particular, reacted on Twitter, even before the race resumed.

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