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LUSAIL CITY, QATAR - OCTOBER 07: 2023 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme after the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Qatar at Lusail International Circuit on October 07, 2023 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

Verstappen: I can’t thank you all enough

LUSAIL CITY, QATAR - OCTOBER 07: 2023 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme after the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Qatar at Lusail International Circuit on October 07, 2023 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

The obvious became official today: Max Verstappen is 2023 Formula 1 World Champion, his third title in a row thanks to scoring enough points in the Qatar Grand Prix Sprint Race on Saturday to seal the deal and thank all his Red Bull team for making it happen

With Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez crashing out of the race, his closest rival handed him the title before the race at Lusail was even over. But in truth, it was a foregone conclusion of a fact most knew would happen even after the Canadian Grand Prix.

Notably, the sport’s new kid on the block – McLaren’s Oscar Piastri – denied Verstappen from winning this year’s F1 title in style, with the Australian 21-year-old scoring his first victory in an F1 car.

Nevertheless, the night, the week, the month, the year belongs to 26-year-old Verstappen. His third world title puts him up among F1 legends Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet, Jack Brabham and Jackie Stewart as triple World Champs.

After a tense and action-packed race at Lusail, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner informed his driver during the cool-down lap: “Max you are a three-time world champion. That’s unbelievable. Incredible year for you.”

Verstappen said in the car: “Unbelievable guys. I don’t know what to say. Thank you for providing me with such a car. It’s been a lot of fun this year. I just want to say a big thank you to everyone here at the track and back at the factory, putting all the effort in.

“To be able to achieve something like this, I can’t thank you all enough. Besides all the performance-related stuff, it’s just really enjoyable to work with you all. That’s the most important thing at the end.”

Max: To be a three-time world champion is just incredible

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In parc ferme, after the Sprint, Verstappen told MC Nico Rosberg: “It’s a fantastic feeling. Been an incredible year. Lots of great races, super proud of the job from the team. It’s been so enjoyable to be part of that group of people.

“To be a three-time world champion is just incredible. We will keep on pushing, doing the best we can. Today was quite an exciting race, a bit of a shame with the Safety Cars, but overall it was fun out there. Just incredibly happy at the moment.

“I feel super proud and super proud of the job of the team. It’s been so enjoyable to be part of that group of people and to be three-time world champion is just incredible.”

As for the remaining races, Verstappen added: “We will keep on pushing and try to do the best we can, also today was quite an exciting race, it was a bit of a shame with the safety cars but overall it was fun out there.

“I am just seeing what happens, I am enjoying the moment and hopefully of course we can keep this momentum going for a while,” added the youngest triple F1 World Champion in the sport’s history.

The record-breaking season is far from over this season, with six more GPs and a couple of Sprint Races still to go, despite both F1 titles decided, Verstappen and Red Bull are sure to carve more milestone moments from this remarkable season.

Thus far this season Verstappen has led 712 of a possible 962 laps in total. Last year he scored a record 15 wins in one season. He has won 13 this year and has six more opportunities to win. Already he bagged the record for ten GP wins in a row.