Verstappen enjoys partying with Kelly Pique, celebrating in Holland seems impossible | Formula 1

Max Verstappen was officially crowned Formula 1 World Champion in Paris, receiving the trophy at the FIA ​​ceremony at the Louvre from outgoing President Jean Todt. With Mercedes announcing earlier in the day that they will not resume, Verstappen is pretty sure his title is no longer in jeopardy.

The last race was crazy. If someone offered me this scenario, I might have had a heart attack.” “I have now achieved my life goal, and I am still achieving it is just a bonus.”

Verstappen had already told his story widely at the start of the evening at a press conference, where Red Bull boss Christian Horner was also joined. He had an annoying announcement for his Dutch fans for NOS: “I can almost certainly say there will be no honors in the Netherlands.”

Mercedes captains Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff did not travel to the annual gala due to dissatisfaction with the course of events in Abu Dhabi last weekend. Technical Director James Allison accepted the world title from the constructors on behalf of the German racing stable.

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After the press conference, Verstappen and his girlfriend Kelly Piquet headed to the main hall, where he was the main guest during a party that lasted nearly three hours. Champions in other categories were also honored, including Nick de Vries, who won the Formula E world title with Mercedes.

At the end of the evening, Verstappen came to a standing ovation and received the trophy from Jean Todt, who will resign as FIA president after three terms in office at the age of 75. Valtteri Bottas, who finished third last season, was also present to receive his award. There is no trace of Hamilton, who was awarded Person of the Year at the ceremony.

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“It was a great fight with Lewis, one of the best drivers in our sport ever,” Verstappen said regarding his absent rival. “We pushed each other to the limits and sometimes over the edge. But we appreciate each other. I am looking forward to racing him again next season.”

Max Verstappen and Christian Horner on their way to the awards show with Kelly Beckett and Geri Halliwell. © ANP

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