F1: “Max Verstappen is a beast on the track, a winning machine” – Coulthard

Formula 1 legend David Coulthard says two-time world champion Max Verstappen ‘couldn’t give a shit’ about criticism.

Despite his young age and having just the two world titles, Coulthard believes the Dutchman is already one of the sport’s greats.

The former driver outlined Verstappen’s ability to take no notice of his critics and do his talking on the track as one of his components for being one of F1’s best.

Per Grand Prix 247, Coulthard said: “After all, none of his teammates have been able to measure up to him. Max is a beast on the track, a winning machine who doesn’t give a shit about what we have to say or what anyone else has to say. He’s unbelievable.”

Claiming you would have to be a ‘f*****g idiot’ to put the Dutchman’s recent successes down to the power of his car – whilst also referencing the point in case to Hamilton – he commented: “Just as Lewis doesn’t need nine world titles for me to consider him one of the greatest drivers in the sport, Max is already one of the greats.

“Lewis could have been a nine-time instead of a seven-time F1 champion. At the same time, he has often been in a good car, and someone like [Fernando] Alonso has not.

“Alonso should have had more than two titles but his choices and the racing gods have put him in the position where he will drive for Aston Martin next year and the chances of him becoming champion are slim,” predicted the Scot.

2023 will be interesting.  Will Verstappen continue to beat Hamilton like a drum, or will Mercedes give him an unbeatable car again?

Hamilton vs Verstappen Cumulative F1 Win Record by Age

Age Hamilton Verstappen
18 0 1
19 0 3
20 0 5
21 0 8
22 4 10
23 9 20
24 11 31
25 14 35 and counting
26 17 TBD
27 21 TBD
28 22 TBD
29 33 TBD
30 43 TBD
31 53 TBD
32 62 TBD
33 73 TBD
34 84 TBD
35 95 TBD
36 103 TBD
37 103 TBD