Max Verstappen is in a class of his own these days behind the wheel of his Red Bull fire truck. After eight victories in a row, his opponents are beginning to grumble that his overall F1 dominance is not good for the sport.
It’s just boring if the same racer races away with the laurels every time, they complain as the checkered flag is waved in the distance for Verstappen.
On the other side of the coin, there are those who believe that the Dutchman is already one of the best racers yet. And he’s not even 26 years old.
“You can talk about Verstappen in the same breath as Juan Manuel Fangio, Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. While you’re doing this, you just have to remind yourself that he’s still very young,” said Helmut Marko.
Marko, a former Austrian racing driver and one of Red Bull’s advisors, believes that the defending world champion is good enough to win quite a few more races this year.
A view with which teammate Sergio Perez wholeheartedly agrees.
“Max delivers one top performance after another. Not only is he very talented, but he works very closely with his team to get the best out of his race car. It’s very impressive,” said the Mexican racer.
Verstappen currently enjoys a lead of 125 in the drivers’ standings, while Red Bull boasts 503 points in the manufacturers’ standings.
Racers with the most wins:
- Lewis Hamilton: 103
- Michael Schumacher: 91
- Sebastian Vettel: 53
- Alain Prost: 51
- Max Verstappen: 45
- Ayrton Senna: 41
- Fernando Alonso: 32
- Nigel Mansell: 31
- Jackie Stewart: 27
- Jim Clark and Niki Lauda: 25
- Juan Manuel Fangio: 24.