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F1 News: Former Driver Hits Out At Max Verstappen Dominance – “Seven Or Eight Drivers Could Be Champion”

As the 2023 Formula 1 season progresses, former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya weighs in on the electrifying performance of Max Verstappen, attributing it more to the prowess of the Red Bull RB19 rather than Verstappen’s personal growth over recent seasons.

With a staggering ten victories out of the season’s twelve races so far, Verstappen seems to be cruising towards his third championship title. This level of dominance naturally raises eyebrows and sparks conversations about the contributing factors behind such a formidable run.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 30: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing looks on in the garage during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 30, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202207300165 // Usage for editorial use only //

Montoya, in an engaging chat with Semana TV, took a candid stand on the topic.

“Right now, Max is doing a very good job.

“But he looks just as invincible as when Hamilton was winning everything. That’s the reality. Max is a very good driver, but he’s in the best car.

“His speed right now is no better than his speed two years ago. It’s probably the same. It’s the car that is much better.

Montoya further elaborated:

“If you take Max out of that car, there are seven or eight drivers who could be world champion in that car. If he wasn’t there, Checo, Hamilton, Sainz, Leclerc, Norris – they’d be world champion.

“In motorsport, it’s about timing. With these rules, the Red Bull is the best car. If the rules then change suddenly, it might not be.”

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