The Dutch overcame their opponents Lewis Hamilton into the final round of the season to overtake his rival Mercedes and claim the first driver’s crown.
Race director Michael Masi’s decision to allow cars to mark the reverse between Verstappen and Hamilton under a safety car proved crucial and controversial. with Mercedes filing a protest with the race managers afterwards.
An angry Wolff called the call “unacceptable” over the team radio but took on a more conciliatory tone afterwards.
“Toto sent me a message – congratulations on the season and I deserved it,” Verstappen said. “So that’s very good for him, of course. Emotions run very high until the last lap from both teams. That’s the thing.”
Verstappen shed tears of joy in the cockpit as the colossal achievement finally hit him before celebrating with his team until 7am on Monday.
“All the emotions they let out,” he said with clouded eyes during a video call Monday. “So it was fun. Of course when I woke up I wasn’t very happy. I probably regretted that last drink.”
It was a season of scooter racing and word of mouth between the two opponents and their teams.
But after winning the title, Verstappen now feels ready to ease the tension between himself and Hamilton.
“Overall, I think we really enjoyed it,” Verstappen, who is set to accept his title at the FIA gala on Thursday, said of his season-long battle with Brit.
“Of course we had our moments, but I think in the championship war, that’s part of it. And now that the season is over, I think we can relax more. a little bit about it – but it’s very stressful.
“The competition, almost every race we pushed each other to the limit, even in our cars. And I think that’s really cool.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/motor-racing/formula1/max-verstappen-toto-wolff-f1-b1975203.html F1: Max Verstappen reveals text message from Toto Wolff after title win