However, the very start of the season didn't go to plan for Verstappen, and it looked as though Formula 1 could have a title battle on its hands between the two Red Bull drivers.
Perez won two of the first four races of the season, including the Azerbaijan GP in which his label of 'king of the streets', in regards to his high performance at street circuits, was further backed up. Verstappen could only finish a close second behind his Red Bull team-mate.
Furious Verstappen marches to title
From that moment onwards, a clear gulf was evident between the performances of both drivers, and Verstappen went on to win 17 of the last 18 races, with Carlos Sainz claiming the other one.
“I saw Max’s Dad Jos Verstappen in Qatar the evening after Max had won the championship, and we were chatting about the season and he said to me ‘Max was furious after Baku’, and when he came home he said to his Dad ‘I’m not going to get beaten by him ever again this season'," Chandhok told the Sky F1 podcast.
“He was absolutely livid and he said ‘he will not beat me again’. And low and behold he was right! It was pretty devastating.”
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