Call Max Verstappen Officer Max Verstappen as the Dutch receive the Order of Orange-Nassau just ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix.
F1 returned to Max Verstappen’s home for the Dutch Grand Prix.
The weekend generally starts on Friday. However, for Max Verstappen, it was a flying start on Thursday. The defending World Champion was awarded the Order of Orange-Nassau by the Netherlands.
The title is equivalent to British Knighthood and rather even greater in rank.
The title was bestowed upon Verstappen by the country’s minister for Sport Conny Helder, in presence of Max’s family and close friends.
“It takes a lot more than just talent to become a champion,”
said minister Helder.
“Many years of hard work, of pushing and persevering. With this you are a great inspiration to many. And in the end, as first Dutchman ever, you drove to the Formula 1 world title.
“What an amazing achievement! With this you put the Netherlands on the map”
Max Verstappen was delighted to achieve this honor
Unsurprisingly Max Verstappen was extremely grateful for the meritorious award. He expressed his gratitude to his family friends all of his fans who make the famous ‘orange army’.
“It is a great honour to receive this appointment,” Verstappen said. “I am very thankful to my family and close friends for their support, from my very first racing years until now.
“I also want to thank Red Bull and my personal sponsors. Without all this support I would not be where I am today.
“In addition, I want to thank my fans worldwide, and in particular the Orange Army. Their encouragements time after time are overwhelming and it is incredible to see so many Dutch people involved in the sport.
“I am looking forward immensely to my home race this coming weekend, the Dutch Grand Prix.”
Max Verstappen represented the Netherlands at the pinnacle of Motorsports becoming the country’s first driver to secure World Title. Furthermore, Verstappen’s popularity helped in bringing the Dutch Grand Prix back in 2021 after a wait of 36 years.
How does it compare to Sir Lewis Hamilton’s knighthood title
Comparing both the titles of Sir Lewis Hamilton and Officer Max Verstappen we found out-
Just like British knighthood, the Order of Orange-Nassau is a civil and military Dutch order of chivalry. Just like Britain, the Netherlands is also a constitutional monarchy.
We found a lot of similarities between the Dutch and English titles. The Order of Orange-Nassau was founded on 4-April 1892 by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.
Rather unsurprising the system was borrowed slightly from the British system as it was in use for hundreds of years.
Max Verstappen is appointed the officer in The Order of Orange-Nassau. This outranks Hamilton’s Knight Bachelor title. A knight Bachelor with MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) ranks fifth and lowest in the British system.
Officer, on the other hand, ranks fourth and third to last in the Dutch system above both Member and Knight.
This means that Officer Max Verstappen officially outranks Sir Lewis Hamilton.
Nevertheless, these titles are respected however doesn’t matter in Formula 1 as both are exceptionally good drivers.
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