One of the most interesting things in life is when we defy an order or instruction or let’s say, go against the norm so to speak in order to achieve our goal. Such moments, usually born out of the need to stand out or be daring, become memorable. And it sticks. It does.
But how is that?
Well, it’s simple; for it conveys one’s single-mindedness. Determination if you like! As it is, a famous saying goes like this:
Greatness cannot be achieved by sticking to the norms. Some, truth be told, would read something like this: no great thing was ever achieved by not deviating from the norm.
Though it’s just that when a certain Max Verstappen defied the team orders at the Brazilian Grand Prix, he didn’t really attain greatness after all. Well, not really! On the contrary, he courted controversial headlines that didn’t allude- but straightaway- accused him for not being the ideal teammate.
All said – and with much conviction- that Max Verstappen wasn’t quite the teammate Sergio Perez would’ve expected the Red Bull driver to be.
Which is why, in some ways you have got to give the backstabbing at Red Bull the candidature for being the big weird moment about F1 in 2022.
For a driver described by Max Verstappen, unless the news headlines had that really wrong, as as the number#2, it remains to be seen what the respected Mexican has to say about the Flying Dutchman.
Was such an act really needed; could things like that been avoided? Why did Max not let Perez pass and take the leadership position at Sao Paulo?
F1 in 2022: when Verstappen became Worse-stappen!
And while surely disappointment (and lots of it) was felt at the rather unnecessary episode at the Brazilian GP, one of the weirdest things about F1 in 2022 was Verstappen being worse-stappen!
That’s when the 2021 and the 2022 World champion could simply have let Perez through to take the lead of the race and win it.
Overall, 2022 was an epic year. It was a season where Leclerc proved to be dazzlingly fast but Ferrari not so much where it came to letting away chances of winning.
It was also a year where Max didn’t begin quite as well as he’d have liked. It was a year where another weird thing was Hamilton not winning a single Grand Prix- let alone scoring a slam-dunk.
So much went wrong about F1 in 2022, isn’t it?
Probably that’s the only way to put it!
Alonso, a king of the grid, had more disappointments than the silently focused Esteban Ocon, the Spaniard’s much younger teammate. Similarly, Zhou Guanyu had a spectacular crash at Silverstone. Just the kind of an event that’s grotesque and eerie in equal measure and yet, uplifting in that the end result didn’t cause massive tearshed.
Zhou walking away from a horrid British GP crash was fabulous news for just about everybody- was it not? But F1 in 2022 was weird down to many things.
The very feeling of seeing Ricciardo struggle and then, all of a sudden, find an F1 seat albeit with his previous employer was fun and weird too- was it not?
Yet, Verstappen holding back Perez and not letting the deserving man grab the race-lead didn’t do too well with the racing nerds or the die-hard F1 romantic as one would say.
The following statement where Verstappen actually seemingly defended his stance made F1 in 2022 weirder than one thinks it was:
I told you already last time, guys don’t ask that again to me, OK? Are we clear about that? I gave my reasons and I stand by it.”