Verstappen: No point to prove, people forget my F1 2021 record

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Verstappen will begin his F1 title defence in Bahrain this weekend after clinching his maiden world championship in dramatic fashion at the end of last season. 

The Red Bull driver overtook Hamilton on a last-lap restart that was called after FIA race director Michael Masi failed to implement at least two articles of the sporting regulations. 

But Verstappen and Red Bull always maintained the fashion of the title win did nothing to taint his success, having capitalised on the race situation in play.  

Speaking on Friday in Bahrain, Verstappen rejected any suggestion he had a point to prove this year because of how he won the championship, noting his record in F1 last year.  

“No, I proved that with the most wins and most poles, and most laps led,” Verstappen said. 

“People forget that. They only look at Abu Dhabi, apparently, but we have more races than only Abu Dhabi in a season.” 

Verstappen scored more wins (10), poles (10) and podiums (18) than Hamilton last year, as well as leading more than twice as many laps (652 to 297). 

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