“Blunt Weapons”- Berger Explains Why Max Verstappen Won’t Mind Baku F1 Crash

Published 06/13/2021, 9:20 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


Former driver Gerhard Berger believes that Max Verstappen has nothing but ‘blunt weapons’ at his disposal and therefore has a legitimate chance to win the Drivers’ Championship this season.

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Gerhard Berger raced for the likes of Ferrari and Mclaren in F1, winning ten Grand Prix and securing 48 podiums in his 14-year long career. The Austrian is appreciating the current title rivalry between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

After missing the golden opportunity to take the lead in the championship. Lewis Hamilton will come back stronger and aim for the eighth Driver’s Championship. Whereas, Verstappen who currently leads the Drivers’ Championship will look to end Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton’s dominance. Meanwhile, the Austrian believes Max Verstappen is quite experienced, and with his fast car; he has a real chance to win the world championship.

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What did Gerhard Berger say about Max Verstappen?

The Dutch looked poised to secure his first-ever win at Baku until he involved in a frightening crash when his left-rear tire failed at the end of the lap sent the Red Bull driver out of control and into the wall.

“Sure, Max would have easily won and extended his lead. But in the end it was damage control for him and he also knows that he has a very fast car, especially in slow corners. He has anything but blunt weapons this year and therefore has a real chance of winning the World Cup,” said Gerhard Berger in an exclusive interview with Sport1.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen looks dejected next to his car after crashing out of the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

When asked about why Verstappen takes fewer risks, the Austrian said, “Despite his youth, he is already very experienced. At the start he was extremely cautious for his conditions because he knew that he could overtake well with his car in Baku. He knows exactly what to do.”

(Quotes translated from German via Google translate)

Berger shares his experience on tire blowouts.

When asked about blown Pirelli tires in today’s times Berger said, “Accidents are part of it. Because Formula 1 as the top of motorsport always rubs off positively and gives a general boost.”

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen kicks the wheel of his car after crashing out of the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

“It is important that nothing happened to the drivers in the accidents beyond 300 kilometers per hour. The unpredictability – also due to accidents – is part of it. In my day it was our daily bread. We got tires blown around our ears, brake discs exploded, wheel suspensions collapsed.”

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Can Verstappen display an impressive performance at French Grand Prix and increase his lead over the reigning champion? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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