Max Verstappen has had a superlative F1 season this yr. In some ways, the Dutch driver has not taken his foot off the gasoline since profitable his first F1 championship final yr. The Pink Bull star is the favorite to win the Canadian Grand Prix on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve subsequent weekend.
Verstappen has gained the 4 of the earlier 5 Grand Prix this season. In the meantime, his major rival, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, has not been in a position to win the final 4 races regardless of taking the pole place in every of the races. Such has been Verstappen’s consistency that he has not completed on the rostrum solely two occasions within the final 40 races that he has accomplished.
The 24-year-old driver completed sixth within the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix and ninth within the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix. Verstappen’s type will be judged by the truth that aside from his third-place end in Monaco, the reigning world champion has gained each race he has completed this season. Verstappen’s beautiful consistency signifies that this yr’s championship is his to lose.
His nearest rival for the driving force’s title as of now’s his Pink Bull teammate Sergio Perez. The Mexican driver is just 21 factors behind Verstappen and could be seeking to stake his personal declare on the world championship.
Earlier than the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Pink Bull chief Helmut Marko made it clear that the workforce wouldn’t favour any driver this early within the season.
“Perez can turn into world champion. However for that, he has to have the velocity so he can clearly beat Max on the monitor. We typically haven’t any workforce orders or a number one coverage. In the event you examine the outcomes, it’s 4 wins for Max [Verstappen] and one win for Perez. So Max is the extra constant. By way of absolute velocity, Max is the one who dominates, however we’ll see the way it develops,” Helmut Marko was quoted as saying.
Crew principal Christian Horner was delighted after Verstappen and Perez secured the primary and second place respectively on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. “We requested them to race one another cleanly and pretty and that’s what they did. They’re doing an amazing job for the workforce and we’re very stated after the race.