Sir Jackie Stewart, three-time Formula One World Champion, has shared his thoughts on how the title battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton could play out in an exclusive interview.
Max Verstappen and Red Bull winning both titles in 2021, according to Sir Jackie Stewart, could be better for Formula One.
Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are still in a tight battle for the Drivers’ World Championship, with the Dutchman leading by 12 points heading into the Mexican Grand Prix. In the Constructors’ standings, Mercedes still leads by 23 points.
Following Hamilton’s dominance in recent years, Stewart said in an exclusive interview that he believes many fans of the sport would relish seeing a change at the top.
“I think it’s still very open,” Stewart said when asked about the battle for the title. “I think that Mercedes fell behind a little bit.
“Technology-wise, I think they are now realising they’ve got to do more.
“Verstappen is driving extremely well, and I think for the sport, it would be better that Red Bull won the championship, both for the Drivers’ and the Constructors’.
“They’ve worked hard for it. I think the spectators need a change.”
Despite this, Stewart believes the battle between Verstappen and Hamilton is far from done, despite the fact that each driver is at a different point in their careers.
“Lewis, of course, has driven extremely well,” Stewart explained. “He’s a very talented and experienced driver, so I don’t think the fat lady has sung yet.
“I think there’s still a chance for him to do it. But on the other hand, it’s always been surprising for me that his teammate on many occasions has even been faster.
“I think, at the end of the day, he probably is looking towards the end of his career, because he’s been at it a long time.
“Whereas Verstappen is still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. He’s almost sometimes maybe overdriving a little bit. I think if he backed off a little bit, he’d be even faster.
“But [he’s] very skilled, and Red Bull are very experienced, wonderful people. I was at the factory the other day and boy, they’re focused. It’s impressive.”
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