It is difficult not to be moved in front of certain images and the fate that – for now – has meant that Max Verstappen defended Michael Schumacher’s title record from Lewis Hamilton’s desire to permanently detach the Kaiser by reaching eight. An incredible season finale, in which only a Safety Car “sent by angels” (word of Sophie Kumpen, Max’s mother) gave the Red Bull driver a great chance to beat the Mercedes rival who had dominated the Grand Prix held on Yas Marina circuit. Hamilton passed Verstappen at the start and after cutting a chicane following the Dutchman’s attack he flew away on the run, a break partially interrupted only by a heroic Sergio Perez, who managed to make the seven-time world champion lose precious seconds, then proved to be crucial in removing the Mercedes wall from allowing Lewis Hamilton to return to the pits without losing his position on the track to Verstappen’s advantage.
A heart-book ending to which is added the fact that Nicholas Latifi, the driver who crashed in Turn-4 four laps from the end of the race, made a mistake following a tough battle against Mick Schumacher, his son. by Michael. The German was Jos Verstappen’s boxing mate at Benetton in 1994 – the year Michael Schumacher was crowned world champion for the first time in his career – and the families have continued to date and spend several holidays together over the years. subsequent. Sophie Kumpen, former Mrs. Verstappen, during a television interview aired on a Dutch broadcaster, showed the photo (on the cover) of Michael Schumacher in a hammock with two children, including Max Verstappen (the one To the right). On the left, probably, is Gina Maria, Schumacher’s eldest daughter and his wife Corinna, born in 1997 like Verstappen junior. “This is Max with Schumacher – Sophie’s words – Michael was always very sweet with Max“. The new world champion reiterated that he has wonderful memories of the weekend spent together with ‘Uncle Michael’: “All I know is that Michael was to me ‘Uncle Michael’. He was always kind to a great family man. I have wonderful memories of those weekends ”.
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