Max Verstappen looks back on what went so beautifully for him on December 12, 2021. The Dutchman managed to win the title on that day and some fans attribute that to pure luck. Verstappen disagrees.
It didn’t seem to be in it for a long time for Verstappen and his team. Lewis Hamilton showed his dominance on the Yas Marina Circuit and seemed to be heading for his eighth world title without too much pain and effort. Suddenly Nicholas Latifi was standing in the wall and the whole world championship was shaken for one last time with a huge earthquake in the racing world as a result.
Lucky at the right time
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In conversation with Sky Sports, Verstappen is asked whether he was lucky on that particular December day in Abu Dhabi. “It is difficult to use the right words, but sometimes you need a little luck in your life. At that time of the season I would have had little luck, otherwise the championship would have been decided much earlier. moment for me. At that moment you also have to take the opportunity and we did that, as a team,” he says.
Afterwards, race leader Michael Masi was criticized a lot and it was said that a red flag, for example, would have been a much better solution. In that case Hamilton and Verstappen started on equal tires. “That’s not how racing works. You have to make the right decision at the right time and we went for it. We took the softs and took the risk. It could have been the other way around if they went for it and I stayed out. Then you had a reverse situation. It is easy to talk about things like this afterwards,” concludes the Dutchman.