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Max Verstappen Is “Long Way Off” From Lewis Hamilton And Michael Schumacher Status According To Former F1 Driver

Michael Schumacher’s brother, Ralf, has claimed that it is “premature” for Max Verstappen to consider breaking any F1 records that are currently held by his brother and Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen took his second championship at the Japanese Grand Prix where he took his lead to an unbeatable point. Since taking the 2022 championship and with the impressive streak Red Bull are on at the moment, many are likening Verstappen to Schumacher and Hamilton.

Ralf Schumacher wrote Sky:

“Although he is only 25 years old, I think it would be a bit premature to think about whether he can tackle the records of Lewis Hamilton and Michael,”

“I assume that Verstappen is not looking for it yet.

“That is still a long way off.

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 07: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing talks to the media in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 07, 2022 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202207070208 // Usage for editorial use only //

He continued:

“Of course, he can definitely do that from his driving skills, there is no doubt about that.

“But we also know that in Formula 1 it also depends on factors that the driver cannot always influence.

“What particularly impresses me about him is that there have been strong drivers in the past who have dominated together with their team. In relation to his team-mate Sergio Perez, Verstappen also makes a difference in the team in an impressive way.”

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 22: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing is congratulated by Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 22, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202205220563 // Usage for editorial use only //

Red Bull have been flooding headlines recently after the FIA confirmed that they did go over the cost-cap in 2021. The FIA are now going through the process of deciding what this will mean for the team and what the necessary punishment will be. However, before the cost-cap was put in place the FIA released information stating that a team or driver could lose a championship if they went over the budget.

F1 fans have been speaking their mind all over social media and many are angered with the situation, especially if the FIA decide to let it slide. We are still waiting for the FIA to confirm when they will announce the outcome, but we will keep you posted.

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