Ahead of the first race of the 2022 F1 season, Verstappen was in a relaxed, talkative mood – until the essence of his dramatic Abi Dhabi win was on the table.
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As you would expect from a defending world champion, Max Verstappen in a relatively talkative, relaxed mood before the first race of the 2022 season.
Until the controversial manner of his victory and the name of Lewis Hamilton was brought up, that is. Do the Dutch think he has a point to prove after the way he was helped achieve the title by an extremely controversial decision from the race director?
“No,” he snapped. “I had the most wins, the most points, the most laps. There are more races in a season than Abu Dhabi. And does he think Hamilton – after what many have seen as overzealous tactics from Verstappen – will debut in more aggressive style this season?
“You’re asking the wrong person,” he shrugs. “I guess you should ask Lewis that.” Ahead of the qualifying meeting for the Bahrain Grand Prix, the FIA’s World Motor Sports Council – the governing body of Formula One – will meet to discuss a report on last season and the controversial climax. .
Not surprisingly, Verstappen stated: “I don’t think we need to see the full report.” Verstappen is clearly keen to go on and wants to prove he is – as his Red Bull team insists – the best driver on the grid.
“The motivation is to keep winning,” he said. You want to be prepaid. When you were a kid you dreamed of being a Formula 1 driver and you dreamed of becoming a world champion. I’ve achieved those, but I still want to win races. I grew up that complacency couldn’t happen.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/formula-1/f1-news-verstappen-title-hamilton-26500717 Max Verstappen hits back at Lewis Hamilton question as head of F1 title controversy