Max Verstappen’s thrilling 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship driver’s title victory on Sunday for Red Bull Racing Honda at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was celebrated in sunny ‘Miami Style’ by Red Bull Racing’s title-winning RB7.
Here is all you need to know:
– Verstappen pulled off a breathtaking move to overtake title rival Lewis Hamilton during the last lap of the 2021 decider to win the last race and his maiden title by eight points from the Mercedes driver.
– The 24-year-old’s performance over the course of a dramatic season is one for the history books as he earned the most race wins with 10 along with 18 podium finishes and 10 pole positions.
– He becomes Red Bull’s second World Champion after Sebastian Vettel’s title run from 2010-2013, the first-ever Dutch World Champion and the 34th World Champion in the history of the sport.
– Verstappen will line up with number one on his car in 2022 alongside Mexican teammate Sergio Pérez as a brand new Miami Grand Prix race on May 8 helps bring even more new fans into the booming sport.
– In order to celebrate Verstappen’s first title and the hugely anticipated Florida race, Red Bull Racing’s former title-winning RB7 did celebration donuts outside the iconic Hard Rock Stadium venue.
– The Miami Grand Prix race will be the first in Florida since 1959 and will be held on an exciting new layout at the Hard Rock Stadium complex in Miami Gardens – home to the NFL’s iconic Miami Dolphins franchise.
– Miami will be the 11th USA location that Formula One has raced in after Indianapolis, Sebring, Riverside, Watkins Glen, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix and Circuit of The Americas in Austin.
– Verstappen said previously in April: “It’s always interesting to go to a new place where we’ve never driven before and Miami is a great city. I’m sure if they build a good track, we can have a lot of fun out there.”
– Earlier in the year, Pérez, 31, also added: “The Latino community is pretty big there, so I’m definitely looking forward going there soon. I think Miami and F1 is the perfect combination.”
– With Hard Rock Stadium at the heart of the track, the circuit will be 5.41km with 19 corners, three straights and potential for three DRS zones as well as an estimated top speed of 320km/h.