In pictures: Red Bull Racing team celebrates the return of 2021 Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen to Milton Keynes

Verstappen’s Red Bull Racing team were groomed with orange flares, embracing hugs and cheers for their crowned new F1 driver

Max Verstappen was kissed by everything from hugs, cheers and orange smoke as he returned to Red Bull Racing’s home in Milton Keynes.

The Dutch driver was crowned Formula 1 champion on Sunday 12 December after an epic battle with Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi.

His team, eagerly awaiting his return to Red Bull headquarters, waved his winner back home, lining the road to the entrance, cheering and setting off orange flares.

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The new champion returned home Wednesday, December 15 in Milton Keynes.

Verstappen faced an intense dramatic battle with Lewis Hamilton in the final round of the season finale, but managed to overtake him to win the title.

However, the victory was marred by an appeal from Mercedes, after a safety car had to intervene on the penultimate lap of the race.

It was unusual in that the plan is to release all overtaken cars before the race leaders.

However, to the dismay of Hamilton’s teammates, Verstappen’s crowned title was secured.

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