“I Couldn’t Do in My Dominant Period”: Sebastian Vettel Bows Down to Max Verstappen’s “Perfection” While Naming 3 Differentiating Factors Between Eras

Published 07/17/2023, 5:15 AM EDT

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For as long as there are competitive sports and there are individuals competing against each other, there will always be a GOAT debate. Formula 1 also qualifies under these rules, however, the F1 GOAT debate is considerably the most difficult. Every year, the sport advances and becomes competitive and there are a lot of variables that come into play. This is exactly why comparing two eras separated by just eight years also has its challenges. This is exactly why we cannot even compare the more dominant era between Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel. However, despite the incomparable circumstances, Vettel couldn’t help but discuss the dominance of Verstappen.

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Speaking to the media at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, as quoted by F1 Maximaal, Vettel talked about the incredible Max Verstappen. The German world champion also bowed down in front of Verstappen’s supremacy. Although Vettel could not compare the two eras because of three factors that he believes are the difference makers.

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“The perfection, consistency, and quality the team delivers week in and week out is exceptional. So far they have won every race this season, which I couldn’t do in my dominant period,” said Vettel.

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He also pointed out where Verstappen is making a difference. “Max deserves all the credit because he is simply doing an excellent job. He is a great talent and he hardly makes mistakes,” added Vettel.

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Vettel also shut down all doubters who are crediting the RB19 for all his success. Vettel pointed out how confident Verstappen is in the RB19 and how he hardly makes a mistake. In fact, when posed with a similar question of comparison, even team boss Christian Horner has the same opinion as Vettel.

Christian Horner also believes Max Verstappen is a class apart even when compared to Sebastian Vettel

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The Dutchman’s raw talent was evident from day 1 when he became the youngest driver in the history of the sport. As time has passed, the raw diamond has been polished into a racing machine. Now we all know what Red Bull’s most successful driver thinks about it. The other man who was there to witness it all is also drawing similar comparisons, especially after Verstappen showcased his inner Vettel at the Spanish GP.

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When asked if Vettel gave Horner the same confidence as Verstappen is doing now, Horner expressed his honest opinion. Horner said, “It’s very similar. I mean different eras and difficult to compare but you know Max has just got this even when he loses a start you just know you know he’s gonna be right there.”

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We saw a recent example of that at the British GP when Lando Norris overtook Verstappen at the start. However, Verstappen never slipped down below P2 and caught the Brit in six laps. This is exactly the confidence Horner is talking about. Can you think of any other driver who sparked such confidence with their driving?

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