Bernie Ecclestone believes that fans should be thankful to Max Verstappen for rescuing them from Mercedes domination and giving the fans what they asked for – a pure racer.
Max Verstappen has already broken a plethora of records in F1. However, he is one of the most polarizing personalities on the grid currently.
Only a few handfuls of people can claim that they do not mind the fiery Dutchman. Max Verstappen has lovers and haters in equal numbers. However, the issue is that these opinions do not always take into consideration the nuances of racing.
Max Verstappen is undoubtedly one of the most talented drivers in Formula 1, however, he does not fit the mould of one. For example, he does not fit the stereotype that a Formula 1 champion would be found partying on yachts or gambling in the Monaco casinos.
Max Verstappen spends his off-season, and any other free time he gets, he can be seen spending time with his friends and family at home or participating in sim racing competitions.
This is why F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone believes that Max Verstappen should be thanked by Formula 1 fans around the world.
Max Verstappen is the reason why Dutch fans watch Formula 1
Bernie Ecclestone spoke to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf and said, “Formula 1 should thank Max Verstappen.”
He continued and explained that Max Verstappen puts all of his focus on racing and does what he needs to do in order to win. Formula 1 has lacked this kind of driver for quite some time.
Bernie Ecclestone could have been referring to Lewis Hamilton, even though he didn’t mention the name explicitly. This is because the ex-F1 chief had criticized the seven-time world champion before because he pursued other interests away from Formula 1.
Last year, Bernie Ecclestone had spoken out against Lewis Hamilton’s venture in music and clothing. He had said that the only reason why Hamilton is still racing is that it is easier to make money in Formula 1 than in the clothing or music industry.
Bernie Ecclestone also said that Max Verstappen was the major reason why the Dutch people have taken interest in the sport again. He is the reason why Formula 1 has gone back to Zandvoort again. Formula 1 should be thankful to him for expanding their fanbase.