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Toto Wolff sent congratulatory text after I won the F1 title – Max Verstappen

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Max Verstappen has revealed that Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff sent a congratulatory text message after Red Bull The driver’s dramatic Formula One title win.

Verstappen overcame rival Mercedes Lewis Hamilton in the controversial final shootout at Grand Prix Abu Dhabi on Sunday to claim his first F1 crown.

The Dutchman then faced the thrill of a four-hour wait to get that first title as Mercedes failed with a double appeal.

Mercedes is expected to continue to counter their protest with calls to continue, but that hasn’t stopped team principal Wolff from contacting Verstappen with a sporting message.

“Toto sent me a ‘congratulations on the season’ message and I deserved to win it,” Verstappen said.

“So that’s his very good thing of course.”

Mercedes’ fury remained focused on incorrect deployment of the safety car after a crash late in the race, which wiped out Hamilton’s sizable lead over Verstappen.

The Dutchman then had a clear advantage for the final lap, with two different opponents on tyres.

The British star and seven-time champion Hamilton remained courteous in the defeat, immediately embracing Verstappen after the race to congratulate him.

Asked about his thoughts on any continued Mercedes rally, Verstappen added: “Emotions were very high in that last round, from both teams, so what it is, we We will see.”



He came to me and congratulated me and that must have been very difficult. It just shows how much respect we have for each other.

Max Verstappen on Lewis Hamilton

Praising Hamilton’s response, Verstappen continued: “Lewis is a great athlete in general.

“Of course it helps that he has seven titles, I think that gives him some consolation.

“If it were the other way around, it would probably hurt a little bit more, because I don’t have one.

“But he came to me and congratulated me and that must have been very difficult. It just shows how much respect we have for each other.

Max Verstappen celebrates with his team (PA Wire)

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“We pushed each other to the limit throughout the season. So it was very exciting to race against him. “

Verstappen appears poised to ease tensions as Hamilton moves forward, at the end of a season where the animosity of the two rivals has steadily increased.

“Overall, I think we’ve 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.

Max Verstappen (right) battles Lewis Hamilton (left) until the final round of the 22-race season (Hassan Ammar/AP)

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“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 a little bit more about it – but it’s been intense.

“The competition, almost every race we pushed each other to the limit, in our cars. And I think that’s really cool. ”

Verstappen said he will buy himself a drink to celebrate his championship.

“I was very emotional inside, that’s for sure,” he added.

“When the visor is closed, no one can see you, but of course, with all the celebrations, it’s a wonderful feeling, an unbelievable feeling.

“For my dad (former F1 driver Jos), it was very emotional. You know, growing up, working for that goal and then you’ve achieved it, it’s really amazing.

“Talking is a bit difficult but yes, it is a great feeling for everyone.”

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