Another day, another brazen comment from Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who seems to be brimming with bravado. Recently he spoke about Lewis Hamilton’s six-year domination in Formula One and said that it was ‘getting a bit boring’.
The Dutchman is of the opinion that it is time for the younger generation to take the reins. Verstappen hoped that he and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc would be fighting with Mercedes for the top spot.
“I think it’s good for the sport to have the young guys now coming up and hopefully taking over very soon,” Verstappen told the media ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix. “It’s getting a bit boring seeing Lewis win, so we have to try and change that.”
So far, Max Verstappen has 100 starts and seven wins under his belt and he is only 22-years old. Among his accolades, is the record for being Formula One’s youngest driver and youngest winner.
Now, his next target will be the youngest champion in Formula One, a record held by Sebastian Vettel. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton is gunning for Michael Schumacher’s record of seven titles and 91 wins. However, time is not exactly on the Briton’s side, as he will be 35-years old in January.
“He’s getting older … so for sure it will stop at one point,” Verstappen continued. “It’s just going to depend on the team, to be honest. It’s not going to depend on Lewis. If Mercedes keeps building really dominant cars, for sure he’s going to win. So we just have to make sure as a team that we can beat them.”
According to Verstappen, engine partners Honda had a breakthrough year in 2019. To that end, he is confident that Red Bull could be in the title mix in 2020.
Speaking about Hamilton, the Dutch driver admitted that he was “very special and definitely one of the best drivers ever”.
He affirmed, “We talked on the grid (in Austin). I respect Lewis, of course, but we are also hard racers and sometimes it can be a bit more tough. But we talked and it’s all good.”