Ex-F1 Champion Explains Rosberg Factor in Verstappen Defeating Hamilton to 2021 F1 Title

Published 09/14/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 19, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton Pool via REUTERS/Nicolas Tucat


Former Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve believes that Max Verstappen will win the 2021 world championship. The 1997 world champion has picked the Dutch driver over the 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton as his favorite for the title.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The Canadian mentioned that since the retirement of Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has fallen asleep. He also gave his take on the Verstappen-Hamilton crash at the Italian Grand Prix last weekend.

WATCH STORY: Top 5 wins of Max Verstappen’s F1 career

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Max Verstappen is superior: Jacques Villeneuve

As reported by Corriere, the former world champion has mentioned that the Red Bull driver has a better chance to win the title as he is currently superior to Lewis.

“Verstappen is superior. He made no real mistakes. He always went on the attack. Instead, Lewis showed weaknesses. And Mercedes too, more than Red Bull,” said Villeneuve.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton bumps fists with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in pole position and third place respectively Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny

Lewis Hamilton has won every single drivers’ championship since 2016 when Nico Rosberg defeated the Brit. Jacques stated that since Rosberg’s retirement, Hamilton has won the title too easily without much competition.

“After Rosberg, he had an easy life. Maybe he had fallen asleep a little, this year he woke up suddenly. But it remains a phenomenon,” said the former Williams driver. (Translated via Google Translate)

DIVE DEEPER

Why Do F1 Drivers Train Their Necks?

9 months ago

Former world champion gives his opinion on Hamilton-Verstappen crash

Jacques Villeneuve knows a thing or two about battling for a championship with a fierce competitor. He was able to beat Michael Schumacher in the 1997 championship despite them crashing at the last race. The Canadian believed that the crash between 2021 title rivals was a racing incident and does not agree with Verstappen‘s penalty.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton crash out of the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

No, in Monza they ‘played’ in two. Max was aggressive. He could have cut the chicane, but then he would have had to give up the position. Lewis could have left 10 cm more, but he wanted to stay in front.

“It seemed like a process of intentions. You cannot punish someone thinking that he did it on purpose when the contact starts meters before the maneuver becomes intentional,” said Jacques.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Max Verstappen was given a three-place grid penalty for the next race. But he still leads Hamilton by 5 points in the championship going into Russia.

Do you agree with Villeneuve? Let us know.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Devang Chauhan

335 articles

Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT