Jacques Villeneuve: “Verstappen is a machine”

During the summer break, the 1997 world champion assesses this first part of the season and can only celebrate Red Bull and Max Verstappen’s lead at the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen now has an 80-point lead over Charles Leclerc in the championship, with team-mate Sergio Perez in third, just five points behind the Ferrari driver. Some races Ferrari lose big points due to mistakes in driving or strategy.

After the Hungarian Grand Prix, Jacques Villeneuve explained to our formula1.nl colleagues: “The first half of the season was really great to watch and exciting. A lot has happened, but I find it incredible that Max Verstappen has built such a lead.

If we look at all the races in a row, we would expect a much more exciting battle for the title. The new rules work well, drivers can follow each other much longer and be more aggressive in the race. This is a good sign. We have already seen great battles between Ferrari and Red Bull. Ferrari is just as strong, if not stronger. But Red Bull has a huge advantage.

The Italian team is 97 points behind Red Bull in the constructors’ championship, but mathematically everything is still possible, with nine races remaining in the championship.

Nothing has been decided yet, there are still a lot of races. But if the trend continues, if Verstappen continues to drive at this level and Red Bull continues to develop as well, it will be very difficult to stop them.

And Max is a machine, he’s just not normal! He wasn’t even tired yesterday, I don’t even think he needs to go on vacation! He has driven incredibly strong this year and the team is making no mistakes. announced Jacques Villeneuve.

Last weekend in Hungary, Max Verstappen won from 10th on the grid, while the two Ferrari drivers finished fourth and sixth behind the two Mercedes drivers.

“SSomething is wrong with me, he and Red Bull always create the best conditions to fix things. He could have gone for damage control yesterday, he didn’t have to win, but he did. That’s how they compete, don’t put pressure on themselves and then play exceptionally well“.

A few races in, Max Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez seems less comfortable with his car. He notably finished fourth in the French Grand Prix and fifth in Budapest as Max Verstappen won the final two rounds.

By the way, it looks like the car is getting better and better suited to Verstappen’s pace. Sergio Perez seems to have lost his luster since Monaco, which is a bit strange. He is struggling because the car was fitted with modifications as if they would work better with Verstappen’s driving style.

“IS THEBefore that, it was the other way around, which is weird. Maybe it’s because Verstappen is more involved, but either way, you can’t imagine people at Red Bull saying to themselves, “Now we’re going to make updates that allow Verstappen to drive better than Perez.‘.”

In conclusion, the Canadian confirms that he really enjoyed this race weekend in Hungary and that the holidays come at the right time.

It was a wonderful weekend in Budapest. Despite the heat, the crowd was there, I’ve never seen so many people at the Hungarian GP. A lot of people in the paddock, from the drivers to the staff, really need a vacation and we’ll see everyone bounce back. We will see. For now, I wish you a happy holiday.”

Georgie Collins

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