Verstappen Admits It Came in at That Moment

Max Verstappen was officially crowned as the Formula 1 world champion for the third time at the FIA Prize Giving Gala in Baku, reflecting on his successful year and expressing his pride in his team at Red Bull.

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‣ Max Verstappen was officially crowned Formula 1 world champion for the third time at the FIA Prize Giving Gala in Baku.
‣ Verstappen, known for his level-headedness, admitted that there was a moment when he realized the significance of his achievements in 2023.
‣ The Dutch driver expressed his realization particularly hit him when he was standing on the podium in Abu Dhabi, marking the end of the season.
‣ Verstappen expressed his pride in his team at Red Bull and his hope that their success doesn’t stop with this year’s achievements.


Friday night was a big one for Max Verstappen. He was officially crowned Formula 1 world champion for the third time at the FIA Prize Giving Gala in Baku.

Verstappen is a driver for Red Bull Racing. He’s known for his cool, calm demeanor, but even he admits there was a moment when the magnitude of his achievements hit him. This was especially true for his performance in 2023 with his team.

Verstappen’s Realization


“We were on fire,” Verstappen recalls. “Every race weekend, we wanted to give it our all.” After receiving his third World title, he took a moment to reflect on his successful year in F1. Even for a three-time world champion like him, the 2023 season was something special.

It really sunk in for Verstappen in Abu Dhabi. “Standing on that podium, I realized the season was over. No more driving this car,” he said. “It’s been an incredible journey. And so much fun working with everyone,” he added. Despite his success, Verstappen feels right at home with Red Bull.

Verstappen’s drive to win is relentless. “We all want to win, we want to do the best we can,” he said. But it’s not just about winning for him. “When you’re travelling around the world, you want to do it with a great group of people. And we definitely have that at Red Bull,” he added.

Verstappen is extremely proud of what they’ve achieved this year. “But of course, I hope it doesn’t stop here,” said the three-time world champion. He’s looking forward to more victories, more titles, and more fun with his team.

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Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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