‘Return to work’: Max Verstappen returns to the Abu Dhabi circuit for a test session after Formula 1 title triumph… and Red Bull ace wears a pair of GOLD trainers as he continues to bask in beating Lewis Hamilton
- Max Verstappen is back at the scene of his Formula 1 title triumph
- The 24-year-old Red Bull ace beat Lewis Hamilton’s world championship
- He is now back in the driver’s seat to undertake post-season testing for Red Bull
- Verstappen wore gold sneakers in recognition of his first world championship
Max Verstappen returned to the scene of his title triumph on Tuesday as the new world champion tested in a brand new pair of gold shoes.
Verstappen, 24, snatched the championship from Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s race in Abu Dhabi after trailing the Briton for much of the final.
The manner in which the Dutchman achieved victory was hotly contested and the actions of FIA race director Michael Masi were questioned as Verstappen relished his maiden world title.
Max Verstappen is back on the Abu Dhabi circuit where he won his world title
The 24-year-old Red Bull ace wore a pair of gold trainers in recognition of his maiden championship
Verstappen ties the laces of his specially designed trainers by sportswear brand Puma
The Red Bull ace was seen partying with girlfriend Kelly Piquet hours after his desert triumph, before being pictured jumping into a pool with DJ Martin Garrix the following morning .
Meanwhile, it was reported that the Red Bull team stayed up until 7am to celebrate their victory on a yacht at Yas Marina.
However, Red Bull is back to work, as is Verstappen, who was pictured doing a few laps of the Abu Dhabi circuit during a post-season test session on Tuesday.
“Back to work,” Verstappen wrote in a post on his Instagram as he strolled down a lane at Yas Marina Circuit.
Verstappen and Red Bull have had a chaser’s mindset all season in their bid to usurp seven-time champion Hamilton, but now the 24-year-old can’t shy away from his champion status.
Verstappen took to social media to say ‘back to work’ and show fans his new sneakers
The Dutchman donned a brand new pair of custom-designed Puma gold trainers in recognition of his title win, and was pictured inspecting the shoes before putting them on for his return to the driver’s seat.
The fallout from Sunday’s dramatic race has yet to fade as the sport dissects the circumstances that led Verstappen to overtake Hamilton on the final lap.
Masi’s decision to allow only five cars to pass the safety car – allowing for the final lap shootout – was scrutinized, as were the communication channels between team managers and the race director.
Verstappen was back in the driver’s seat to undertake post-season testing in his car
The Dutchman returned to the circuit where he snatched the title from Lewis Hamilton
F1 chief Ross Braun has said Christian Horner and Toto Wolff will now be unable to speak to Masi during races, after the Red Bull chief was overheard pleading with him to withdraw the safety car.
“We will stop this contact next year,” the Briton told Auto Motor und Sport.
“It’s unacceptable that the team managers put Michael under such pressure during the race. It’s like the coaches negotiating with the referee in football.
“Toto can’t demand there’s no safety car and Christian can’t demand the cars don’t run.” This is at the discretion of the Race Director.