“Number 1 is the best number available” – Defending champion Verstappen on changing racing number for 2022

Max Verstappen will defend his maiden Formula 1 world title in 2022 with a new racing number, up from No.33 to No.1, and the reigning Red Bull champion has explained why his decision was “simple”.

Last January, Verstappen showed number 1 when he took the 2012-winning Red Bull RB8, fitted with special Pirelli snow tyres, to Austrian tracks for the GP Ice Race Event.

Not only did the Dutchman explain simply why he wore number one in 2022, but he also claimed number 1 for next season…

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“How many times do you have the opportunity to trade?” said Verstappen. “Number one is the best number available, so for me it was very easy to pick number one, and hopefully number 33 doesn’t come back next year!”

Verstappen will therefore become the first driver to consistently use the No.1 in F1 since Red Bull alumnus Sebastian Vettel did so in 2014. ‘winter.

“I just had some time away from racing, just having a good time with my family and friends. At some point [I was] at home and, of course, at this stage, to prepare again for the new season – but there was not much to do with the car.

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“[I’ve also] exercises twice a day, which can be at home or just running outside. And in the meantime, spending time with the family or just being on my simulator.

Alongside a new number, Verstappen will also be racing with a new helmet, with the Dutchman recently posting a video on social media showcasing this new cover – which features a gold lion on top and a gold star on the back. to represent his world title. , with the number one.

Verstappen is set to kick off his title defense in Red Bull’s 2022 F1 car, the RB18, which will be launched on February 9.

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