CM – Motorsports – Verstappen will swap 33 for the number one if he wins the F1 title

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Max Verstappen fans will have to get used to a new number in the coming season if Red Bull’s Formula 1 frontrunner wins the world championship.

The Dutchman told reporters at the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo on Thursday that he would not hesitate to take the number one reserved for the world champion when he ends the reign of Lewis Hamilton.

« Definitely, » said the 24-year-old, who has been with the number since his debut in 2015 33 is on the road and whose ‘Orange Army’ fans follow him prominently on shirts, flags and even tattoos.

“How often do you have the opportunity to drive with the number one? And it’s good for the goods too, you know. So it’s smart to do that, ”he said.

The number one was last driven in 2014, a year after Sebastian Vettel won his fourth championship in The seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton started with the number 44, while Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg retired immediately after winning the title in 2016.

Verstappen has four remaining races, including Sunday at Interlagos, 19 points ahead of Hamilton, but he made it clear he didn’t take anything for granted.

« A lot can happen in four races, » he said. « We’re looking good, but things can change very quickly … I already had a bigger lead in the championship and that was gone within two race weekends. »

However, nobody will win more races this season than the nine he’s got so far. Hamilton is at five, half his average since 2014.

Verstappen has won the last two races in Texas and Mexico City, but he avoided partying last Sunday to fly straight to Brazil.

The Red Bull driver is in a relationship with Kelly Piquet, daughter of three-time world champion Nelson, and they spent some time in the family home.

Regarding meeting the 69-year-old Brazilian, Verstappen said: « I don’t need advice … we just had a good chat about all sorts of things. I know what I have to do in the car, so I don’t have to talk to anyone about it. »

« That’s one of those things Dream garage, which I would like to see in the future, with all kinds of cars, ”says Verstappen. « I think it’s a little bit of this little boy’s dream that you want to have. »

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