Once upon a time there was the foul Max Verstappen, very gritty, but always ready to run into a contact or a mistake. However, in his seventh season in F1, the one that could lead him to his first world title, for now the Dutchman has almost always abandoned the ‘Mister Hyde’ version, playing the sober role of ‘Doctor Jekyll’ for most of the race weekends. To underline this is the box mate Sergio Perez: “I think Max is the rider of the season so far. He has always expressed himself at the highest levels, containing and minimizing errors. A fact of which I am very impressed “, explained the Mexican that after McLaren in 2013 he had the great opportunity to return to being part of a top team in this 2021.
Rewinding the tape of the season with regard to Verstappen’s mistakes we can list the smudging cost of the victory in Bahrain when overtaking Hamilton, the near spin of Imola on the restart, which would have been deleterious and the contacts with Hamilton at Silverstone and at Monza. The seven-time world champion, for example, was far less precise and consistent than his rival, sometimes coming saved by luck as on the occasion of the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna and of Made in Italy in Imola, when he got covered up during the dubbing phase and was pardoned by the red flag.
Sergio Perez points out that Verstappen’s great strength is have no weaknesses: “They don’t come to mind, not obvious ones – Checo added as reported by the newspaper Racefans.net – it is in perfect symbiosis with the car which is very special and for this reason it is difficult for me and for many other drivers to express a high level of performance ”.