Going Dutch: world reacts to Max Verstappen’s first F1 title win

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After Max Verstappen snatched the world championship away from Lewis Hamilton with an assist on the last lap of the Abu Dhabi GP in one of the most dramatic finishes possible, the world stood still for a moment before entering. erupting.

A plethora of reactions poured in from all social networks to congratulate the new champion.

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar said: “What a race! Congratulations to Max for becoming the world champion for the 1st time and there will be many more. However, my heart goes out to Lewis. What a season he had too. Without the safety car, the trophy would have been his. Pure bad luck. All the best for the next season.

India ODI and T20 captain Rohit Sharma joked with a cricket analogy as he tweeted: “1 6 ball required and guess what, Max Verstappen hits it. Amazing #AbuDhabiGP # F1TitleChampionship win”

Verstappen’s Dutch compatriot, football legend Robin Van Persie tweeted: “What an incredible end to the Formula 1 season that will be remembered forever! Two fantastic teams go all-in for victory, but there can only be one winner. A true champion replaced by another true champion. Congratulations to @ Max33Verstappen. You made us proud.

Brazilian racing driver Lucas di Grassi tweeted: “Personally, it doesn’t make a difference who wins in F1. I just want to see a big show advancing the right technology. This year it was a big fight between Lewis and Max and Motorsport won. Congratulations to all @fia @ F1 ”

Hamilton was five laps away from overtaking Michael Schumacher in the record books with an eighth championship on Sunday until a crash gave Verstappen and Red Bull one last chance.

Everything Hamilton said on the radio when Nicholas Latifi crashed to get the safety car out was only played as a long beep to cover up swearing.

F1 race director Michael Masi took his time figuring out how to finish the race before settling controversially on a final lap of the race to decide the title. Verstappen started the last lap just behind Hamilton, chasing him through the first four corners.

Verstappen made his pass at the fifth corner and Hamilton landed a final shot. He pulled his Mercedes even with Red Bull but couldn’t wipe out Verstappen, who leapt to become the first Dutch world champion.

Verstappen and Red Bull celebrated in a champagne bath, received hugs from fellow competitors – including Hamilton and Hamilton’s dad – and made their way to the Yas Marina Circuit DJ booth and hopped up and down on the music.

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