Verstappen wins Autosport’s International Racing Driver of the Year Award

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 12: Race winner and 2021 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 12, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202112120280 // Usage for editorial use only //

The Autosport Awards just finished with their annual event on Sunday and Max Verstappen was awarded 2021 International Racing Driver of the Year honors by its readers.

“First of all, I would like to say a big thank for you to all the fans for voting for me to win this award. All the support over the year was amazing,” said Verstappen via a video message.

“I would like to thank Red Bull and Honda for giving me the car to win the world championship.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner accepted the award on behalf of Verstappen, adding: “Obviously he has developed and matured over the last few years. The way he drove last year was outstanding and to go up against Lewis Hamilton who was at the top of his game.

“Max led more laps than any other driver and won more races, he thoroughly deserves this award.”

Lando Norris also received accolades as the British Competition Driver of the Year.

“In a way this is more important than winning the Formula 1 world championship as this is voted for by the fans,” said Norris, who provided a video message upon receiving the award by Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer of Formula 1.

“Hopefully this season is even better at McLaren.”


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