Former F1 driver David Coulthard has praised Max Verstappen’s performance at the 2022 Miami Grand Prix. The Dutchman started the race in P3 and beat two Ferraris in the opening stages to win the race.
Earlier, Verstappen missed valuable track time in Miami after his RB18 suffered a hydraulic problem during practice sessions before the race. Despite his unfamiliarity with the new circuit, the Dutchman made no mistakes against Ferrari drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, continuing his streak with every race he completed. win record.
Coulthard also praised the Red Bull driver for stopping the fast-approaching Leclerc at the end of the race. The Scot claims the Monaco driver could have passed the younger or younger Max Verstappen, but was unable to take the fight to the world title this time around.
The 51-year-old said:
“Max pressure [Verstappen] It’s inappropriate in that case. You can see them after the game and they all look hot and sweaty, it’s a tough game and I love seeing it.And I think Max really drives like a world champion, if it’s a young Max or a little Max then I think Charles [Leclerc] The pass may have been completed. “
Helmut Marko claims Max Verstappen has been driving flawlessly in 2022
Red Bull senior adviser Helmut Marko believes that Max Verstappen has been driving perfectly, while his rival Charles Leclerc is making mistakes that have damaged his performance. The Austrian also believes that his team is not far behind Ferrari in terms of speed and performance.
The 79-year-old told sky germany:
“We’re on the same level as Ferrari. What’s different now is the track conditions and the drivers. [Charles] Leclerc and [Max] Verstappen in his own fight. Max drove well, while Leclerc still made some small mistakes. That’s the key. “
The Dutchman has now won every race he has completed in the 2022 season, while the Monaco driver has won two of his five races so far. However, despite winning fewer races, Leclerc still leads Verstappen in the drivers’ championship. Verstappen’s points gap is due to his record of failing to score in any game he hasn’t won, due to Red Bull’s reliability issues.
The title race between the two drivers is likely to continue until the end of the season as both teams prepare to update their cars in Spain.