Red Bull technical department chief Adrian Newey says new world champion Max Verstappen deserves to be on top because for him he is one of the best drivers. After designing the winning cars in 1990 and 2010, the legendary Austrian team boss added another to his outstanding resume at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix thanks to Max Verstappen who overtook Lewis Hamilton in the final lap to win the title.
The Briton admitted that the way Verstappen won was the closest to experiencing a heart attack on the pit wall during the title fight, as everything was decided in the last lap of the 2021 season. "It was the race I was closest to having a heart attack and staying unconscious afterward," Newey said.
"I had others who decided in the last race, but never in the last lap. Yes, unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable. " "If I think about it, of course, I'm biased, I know, I think Max totally deserved it (the title)," he added.
Newey has previously worked with world champions Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Mike Hakkinen, Kimi Raikkonen, and Sebastian Vettel. The Briton believes Max Verstappen is among the best. "He has to be on top," he said.
"You're going through different periods, but he's the real thing. Yes, he is aggressive, but in general, I think he is very honest. He has such talent, such driving. " “He is still young; still learning.
He is simply amazing. The best thing about him is that he is easy to work with. No pretensions; he just came in and kept going. I love that guy. It's amazing. " Newey then touched on the finished season in which another Mercedes dominance was expected.
However, the changes that were made before the beginning of 2021 enabled an equal fight with the record holders in construction titles. "We all voted for the amendments," he said. "Did it suit us better than Mercedes?" That seems to be the case, certainly earlier in the year, and then they came back very strong in the last few races.
" "But I think that in terms of balance, we had a faster car, and that is recognition to everyone in the factory. We are in the spotlight. But what the guys did in the factory: my colleagues, the engineers, everyone in the whole place - the support we feel when we are here and they give us, it was amazing, ”Newey concluded.