Red Bull driver Max Verstappen may be in danger of getting a big head, with some tall claims. The Dutchman has suggested that not many drivers are a ‘complete’ as he is on the Formula 1 grid.
While it is true that the Red Bull leader is progressing to a level that only Lewis Hamilton occupies, he still has a lot of his career ahead of him. However, he is currently enjoying one of his best and consistent seasons, where he has not finished lower than fifth.
However at 21, one would expect that Verstappen has plenty of scope for development before he plateaus, but he disagreed.
“I started out quite young, so I think that’s pretty normal. Most other drivers started with Formula 1 on their 21st or 22nd,” he admitted to Formule 1.
“If you look at the entire grid, I don’t think that many people are more complete, even though they are 29 or 30 years old.
“What do I base that on? Speed, being consistent, how you work with the team: those are the most important things.”
The Red Bull man spoke about the benefits of simulator racing and how it impacted him in real life.
“I think it does help me because you are always doing the same thing,” he said.
“If you are in a GT car you are always trying to get the best out of it and you are always trying to find the right lines and always working on the setup.
“You must try to be really consistent because you know the competitors around you are also really, really quick, if not faster. So for me, it is a fun way and a good way to stay sharp and stay on top of everything.”