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Verstappen: 2022 title feels better than 2021

SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 09: Race winner and 2022 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka International Racing Course on October 09, 2022 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Max Verstappen admitted that he felt different emotions while winning his world titles.

Verstappen became a two-time F1 world champion at Suzuka last Sunday. The Dutchman won his maiden title after a dramatic ending to the season finale in Abu Dhabi last year, while he claimed his second championship with 4 races left in the 2022 season.

Verstappen revealed that his second championship success felt “better”.

“I think the first one is always the most emotional, but I think this one is definitely the better one, just in terms of performance,” he said.

“[There are] very different emotions.

“Last year, all the way till the last race is probably the worst kind of feeling, going into that last race. But also because at the time, I don’t think we were the quickest anymore, so that also doesn’t help.

“And this year, I think it’s just been very, very different in emotions from the start, all the way through the year.

“Both are beautiful and both are, at the end of the day, nice to experience.

“Because it’s nice also [to] really have always the pressure on, and having to perform to your limit every single lap of the race, but not for too many years in a row.

“So I was very happy with the year we had this time around.”

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