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Max Verstappen becomes first F1 driver to receive new FIA award

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Max Verstappen has become the first driver to medal for winning an F1 race. He did so at last week’s season-ending Abu Dhabi GP, where the new FIA award was presented.

More often than not, the winning drivers’ trophies are kept in the team’s trophy cabinets, while the driver gets the chance to take home a replica. To ensure that the driver does not return home empty-handed, the FIA ​​has introduced a medal to reward his achievement.

1️⃣5️⃣Amazing way to end an amazing season for us @redbullracing & @HondaRacingGLB.Overall the whole season has been amazing and it was very nice with the team. Thank you all so much for your hard work 💪

At the Abu Dhabi GP, Verstappen became the first driver to receive the new FIA award. The race number of the Grand Prix in question will appear on the medal, with Verstappen’s prize engraved with the number #1079.

Unfortunately, this is also the season where we lost Dietrich, but I’m very grateful that I was able to make this a special season.

Now is the time to recharge the batteries so that you can give it your all again next season!

Unfortunately, this is also the season where we lost Dietrich, but I’m very grateful that I was able to make this a special season. Now is the time to recharge the batteries, so that we can give it our all again next season!

Reflecting on a very impressive season for the team and himself, Verstappen praised Red Bull for their efforts and achievements. He said:

“It’s been a great team effort, especially after our difficult start to the year, to turn things around like this, I never imagined it, like anyone in the team. But it’s been really nice to do part of this team. We’re having a lot of fun.”

Verstappen continued:

“Of course we’re focused on the performance, but you also have to really enjoy the moment, enjoy the moment. And I think we’ve definitely done that. We’ll do that, but we’re already focusing on next year as well. You always say you’re trying to do better. I know it’s hard to do much better than that, but you should always try to aim for that.

Verstappen won his second consecutive world title with four races to go, winning a record 15 races in the season, including the last in Abu Dhabi last weekend.


Max Verstappen expects a closer battle next season

Max Verstappen expects the 2023 season to have a much closer battle. The Red Bull driver has explained how a better understanding of the cars will bring Ferrari and Mercedes into title contention. He said:

“I think it will be closer. People understand the cars a lot better. And, yes, over time all the teams will come closer. But from our side, yes, it’s been a really positive weekend. Of course , really encouraging for next year as well.”

Verstappen continued:

“But we also know now that over the winter we really have to keep pushing and keep trying to find performance and not just performance, understand, maybe even more the tyres, because the tires are going to change. kinda for next year. So yeah, let’s see how we handle all of that.”

After one of the most dominant seasons in history, Verstappen hopes to continue in the same vein next year.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org