Coulthard Claims ‘Real Homeboy’ Max Verstappen Has the Title Advantage Over Hamilton

Published 06/01/2021, 3:27 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti


Max Verstappen has enjoyed an astonishing start to his 2021 F1 campaign, having secured two wins out of five races and also claiming the championship lead for the first time in his F1 career. Of course, the Dutchman owns a car that is incredibly competitive and a team whose target has constantly rested on bagging the title, but that’s not it.

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Former F1 driver, David Coulthard, reckoned that there is another special aspect that is guiding Verstappen to glory and potentially handing him an upper hand over Lewis Hamilton in the battle for the championship.

What did Coulthard say?

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Speaking to RacingNews365, DC revealed that Verstappen always travels back to his home following each race weekend, which helps the Dutchman to relax and embrace the feel of home, before moving on to the subsequent Grand Prix.

Max is a real homeboy. He goes back to Monaco and really wants to be home. That is an important element that allows him to recharge himself,” Coulthard said.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain -Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti

Things are consolidating pretty well for the Dutchman at the moment. With Honda’s brilliant farewell power unit for Red Bull and a drastic fall in performance at Mercedes, Verstappen’s chances of securing a title this season is shining bright.

The fact that even the ever-dominant Hamilton is struggling against the Red Bull driver says it all. But, of course, the Briton will not go down without a fight, with a record-breaking eighth title within his reach. Hence, an eye-catching rivalry is certainly on-cards this season.

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Coulthard pointed out that, unlike Verstappen, Hamilton doesn’t have a place to call his home, and rather travels around Los Angeles before prepping up for the subsequent race weekend.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads Mercedes’Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race REUTERS/Albert Gea

With Lewis, you never know where he is between races,” he said. “He in Los Angeles or somewhere else? That works for him. But he doesn’t have the inner peace to call anything his home. With Max, this will definitely add several years to his career.

Overall, Hamilton has been a part of the F1 community for over a decade now and is still looking in top form. Hence, with Coulthard claiming Verstappen could do a longer F1 stint compared to the Briton, is the Red Bull driver capable enough to create a new title record, beating Hamilton and racing legend, Michael Schumacher?

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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