Max Verstappen, the reigning Formula 1 world champion, has cemented his position as one of the sport's most feared drivers. His recent victory in Abu Dhabi marked the culmination of a remarkable season characterized by effortless dominance.
Lewis Hamilton, himself a seven-time world champion, was amazed by Verstappen's seemingly easy road to victory. Hamilton noted that Verstappen's performance throughout the season suggested a level of comfort and control that made it seem like he barely broke a sweat.
However, it will take some time for Hamilton's 7 titles to arrive. "You can look at some of Max's lap times and data," Hamilton noted. "He relaxed more often at the start of the race. I don't think he broke a fair sweat this year.
Even when we were chasing him in Austin, I don't think he broke a sweat. He was able to control everything."
The reign of Verstappen and Red Bull will not last forever
Verstappen's dominance has not gone unnoticed by others in the Formula 1 community.
Former driver Johnny Herbert believes that while the current partnership of Red Bull and Verstappen is capable of repeating Mercedes' success with Nico Rosberg and Hamilton, their reign may not last forever. "Red Bull with Max will be able to achieve what Mercedes had with Nick Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
Can they continue? They have every chance of continuing to dominate. Does Max have time before the rule change comes into force in 2026? It's difficult, let's say. They are in a very good, strong position, but we are getting to the point that year after year you can get better and better, but slowly the time will come when others will catch up with you.
winning the championship," explained Herbert. While Verstappen's dominance has been remarkable, it remains to be seen whether he can maintain this level of performance in the face of potential rule changes and the increasing competitiveness of Formula 1. However, his current achievements have undoubtedly cemented his status as one of the sport's greatest drivers.