Max Verstappen won the 2022 Laureus World Athlete Award for his epic first F1 title in 2021. The Dutchman had a stellar season last year, winning 10 pole position and 10 wins, and even set a record 18 podiums in a single season – the highest of anyone.
The prestigious award has previously been hosted by international stars such as Lionel Messi in football, Roger Federer in tennis, and even F1’s Lewis Hamilton – who won against Verstappen in the final round of the tournament. The 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Expressing his appreciation for being named Sportsman of the Year, the Dutchman said:
“Of course, I am very happy, but it was hard work and years of preparation. I am extremely proud. Since I was a kid, I dreamed of standing on top and winning championships. I said to my dad, ‘We made it, this is what we’ve been working on all these years and here we are, the two of us, all the memories, all the years gone. traveled all over Europe, went for that one goal and we achieved it. ”
The Red Bull The racer is the only Dutchman to win the title in the sport.
Max Verstappen Won a Grand Slam at Imola GP 2022
Max Verstappen has won the F1 Imola GP 2022 main race after a performance domination at the historic track. The Dutchman started at pole position after winning Saturday’s sprint, taking his first Grand Slam of the season. His teammate, Sergio Perez, drove brilliantly to finish P2, marking Red Bull’s first 1-2 result since Malaysia 2016.
Team Austria was the norm for all weekend, with the 24-year-old showing off his wet-weather driving ability in intermittent conditions around Imola. The Dutchman won Saturday’s sprint despite a bad start, regaining the lead in the closing stages of the race.
Speaking about the weekend, Max Verstappen said:
“Yesterday and the day before that we got in and it looked like a strong weekend. Today you never know the weather and how competitive you are. As a team we did everything well and I think this 1-2 loss was well deserved. ”
However, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc still has a significant lead ahead of Verstappen as it heads to the Miami Grand Prix next weekend. After the victory at Imola, the world champion is slowly but surely climbing back to the top of the table in hopes of winning another title.