“We didn’t write to each other during the break, we already see each other quite often during the year at the races”. Max Verstappen he had no exchange of words with Lewis Hamilton over the winter. The social silence of the seven-time world champion interrupted on Sunday therefore had no exceptions for the new world champion, who spent the holidays in Brazil with his partner Kelly Piquet before returning home to Monaco participating in several unsuccessful virtual events (it was protagonist of an accident in the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans while he was in command of the race).
The Red Bull driver stated that it’s not easy from his point of view to put himself in Lewis Hamilton’s shoes rewinding the tape and returning on Sunday 12 December in Abu Dhabi: “It is difficult for me to imagine how I would have reacted in that situation – the words of Max Verstappen interviewed by the English newspaper The Guardian – I’m not a seven-time world champion. Obviously, for a driver who has never won a world title, losing it on the last lap after having controlled the race in the lead from the start, I think it would have been a terrible joke. With seven world titles already on the showcase, however, I think it can be less painful ”.
The new world champion was overwhelmed by adrenaline in the final stages of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in which he had to place the decisive overtaking and subsequent defenses fighting against a very painful cramp in his right leg, the one needed to accelerate. This is why he does not even remember exactly what Hamilton said to him congratulating him after the two got off their respective cars.: “I think he said ‘congratulations’, but I don’t remember the exact words anymore. It was certainly very kind and sporty of him to come to me for congratulations“.
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