The Dutchman showed a mature side to his game, creating a deadly combination of poise and aggression to take control of the championship race early and finished with more pole positions, race wins and laps led than any other driver.
The 24-year-old will be one of the title front runners once again in 2022, particularly as Red Bull’s car will likely suit the aerodynamic-based regulation changes given their technical director, Adrian Newey, is a top-tier aerodynamicist.
Verstappen and Hamilton, if he returns will have to be considered as one of the favourites to claim the 2022 Drivers’ Championship.
While Red Bull and Mercedes are still the favourites to get out ahead of the new regulations, the imminent changes could shake up the grid order and allow a contender to emerge from the shadows.
Originally intended for the 2021 season, the regulations were delayed a year due to Covid.