REACTION: F1 reporters from around the world on ‘Terminator’ Max Verstappen’s third world title
The Formula 1 travelling media are a group of people from around the world who have been brought together by their knowledge and love for the fastest sport on Earth.
They hop from country to country, chatting to the drivers, team bosses, engineers and team personnel in search of stories to bring to their respective audiences.
They see the highs and the lows that each driver and team goes through – and get plenty of face time with them, both on the record and off it.
So, we thought we’d ask a selection of them to give their reaction to Max Verstappen’s third world championship, whether that’s an anecdote from an interaction, a view of how Verstappen is perceived in their native country or insight and analysis on the Dutchman’s brilliant triumph.
Erik van Haren, De Telegraaf, Netherlands: “Max’s qualities as a driver are beyond dispute. Just look at his consistent performance curve and the way he always challenges himself, every weekend. What I also like about him as a reporter is that as a person he is broadly the same as the 16-year-old boy I interviewed for the first time in early 2014. He is not afraid to give his opinion and really stands for something. Especially in these times, with all the reactions on social media, I really appreciate that.”
Verstappen made it three world titles in three seasons during the Qatar GP weekend
Mervi Kallio, Viaplay, Finland: “The dominance of Max Verstappen this season has been amazing. He has had the best car of the grid but he has also operated in such a great level. He is mentally so strong and the self confidence that he reflects shows that nothing can stop him. Verstappen could be a Finn – less talking, more driving. He is truly a legend already.”