Red Bull’s Max Verstappen collected his Formula One world champion’s trophy at a gala awards ceremony on Thursday and regarded ahead to combating seven instances title-holder Lewis Hamilton once more subsequent season.
His Mercedes rival, overwhelmed this yr on the final lap of the final race, didn’t attend the occasion on the Louvre museum in Paris.
“It’s my life purpose achieved, so it sounds fairly first rate,” stated Verstappen after being welcomed on stage as champion.
“Everything that comes subsequent is only a bonus. I’m in fact going to maintain pushing, I’m going to be in F1 for a couple of extra years however this has been an extremely powerful season,” added the 24-year-old.
“It’s been an unimaginable battle with Lewis, one of many biggest drivers ever in Formula One. I believe we actually pushed one another to the restrict, generally over the restrict … I believe in the long run we actually respect one another.
“I can’t watch for subsequent yr to return again and for certain we’re going to attempt once more.”
Speaking to reporters earlier, Verstappen recognised his Mercedes rival’s struggling.
Mercedes workforce boss Toto Wolff, who was additionally absent, had indicated some uncertainty over his disillusioned driver’s future after final Sunday’s finale in Abu Dhabi.
“I don’t really feel sorry however I can perceive in fact that it may be very painful,” stated Verstappen.
“But on the finish of the day that’s racing as effectively. You have to only hold combating to the top and that in racing something can occur.
“He additionally received a championship like that. So I believe he can perceive as effectively,” added the 24-year-old, who overtook Hamilton at Yas Marina when a sudden change to the protection automotive process gave him an opportunity after it appeared he had none.
Hamilton took his first title with McLaren in 2008 with a final nook transfer that shattered Brazilian Ferrari driver Felipe Massa’s hopes.
Asked how dangerous it will be if Hamilton didn’t come again to resume the battle subsequent season, Verstappen doubted that will occur.
“I can perceive that the primary few days after a race like that you simply’re not blissful however you must also perceive that is racing,” he stated.
“I believe he ought to simply look again at what he has achieved already.
“That ought to give him quite a lot of consolation and must also be that drive to only carry on going as a result of he’s nonetheless attempting to problem for that eighth title and for certain he can do this once more subsequent yr.
“So I don’t see any cause why to surrender or cease now.”
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