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Mark Hughes

A definitive and intriguing biography of Max Verstappen, Formula 1's superstar, Lewis Hamilton's great rival and the winner of the 2021 and 2022 World Drivers' Championships.

No Hollywood scriptwriter could possibly have envisioned the breathless, adrenalinepumping climax to the 2021 Formula 1 season. On the very last lap of the final race of an unbelievably arduous and controversial season, Red Bull's Max Verstappen nervelessly overtook the seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes to clinch the first place that thrust the young prodigy to the narrowest of victories and to his first World Drivers' title. He followed up by taking the 2022 title as well.

Verstappen may only be 25 years of age, but the Dutch motorsport sensation has an incredible record in F1: 165 race starts, 79 podium finishes and 36 Grand Prix victories barely tell the story - this young man has already left an indelible mark on the sport. The son of F1 driver Jos, Verstappen junior quickly stepped out of his father's shadow: his youthful charisma, ferocious speed, fearless driving style and refusal to back down mark him out as a true champion. And the phenomenal success of Netflix's Drive to Survive documentary series has elevated his worldwide popularity still further.

Widely respected motorsport writer and F1 insider Mark Hughes is perfectly placed to write the most authoritative narrative on Verstappen's incredible rise through the ranks to F1 glory. Hughes' immaculate credentials and first-rate access enable him to generate fresh and fascinating insights, and to paint a fully-rounded and richly-textured portrait of one of the most exciting young sportsmen on the planet.

Mark Hughes is the Grand Prix editor for Motor Sport magazine, an F1 correspondent for The Sunday Times and technical editor for the renowned motor racing annual Autocourse. He also provides analysis for TV coverage of F1, currently working in the role of technical analyst for Sky Sports. He has 32k followers on Twitter. Hughes has written a number of F1-related books: Speed Addicts (HarperCollins) won Best Illustrated Book at the 2006 British Sports Book Awards; Lewis Hamilton, The Full Story (Icon Books) was released in 2008; and he co-authored Crashed And Byrned (Icon Books), which won the 2008 William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year.


Category:  Biography & Memoir: Sport
ISBN:  9781472299086​
Publisher:  Headline Publishing Group
On sale:  October 2023
Format:  Trade Paperback
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