World Champion Max Verstappen revealed the most nervous moment of 2021, saying that he felt enormous pressure in the Netherlands.
Verstappen had the season of his life in 2021 battling for the world championship. He fought against a seven-time world champion and prevailed, but the situation he found himself in was enormously pressurising.
He had many races where his back was to the wall as his opponent started breathing down his neck. However, he insisted that one moment stood out for him, where the pressure was so enormous he felt suffocated.
Verstappen revealed the most nervous moment he had in 2021, saying that it came at Zandvoort.
“Besides the last Grand Prix (in Abu Dhabi), that (the Dutch GP) was the race where I felt more pressure than other ones,” Verstappen said in an interview with personal sponsor CarNext, as quoted by Racingnews365.com.
“Because everyone expected me to win there, the fans. It was like, ‘Max is coming here, and he’s going to do it, he’s going to win’. But, of course, we’re in this tense battle, and it was going a bit up and down in terms of performance.”
“The whole weekend, of course, I wanted it to be perfect. And it was basically almost perfect,” he recalled.
“It couldn’t have (gone) better (than) pole position and winning the race, but also the way in the race, they (Mercedes) really threw everything at me with strategy, with the two cars, playing a different one, and we still managed to win it.
“So it was an amazing feeling, but also when I crossed the line, I was also relieved. I was like, ‘The weekend is done. I can rest now!’” he concluded.