Red Bull star Max Verstappen drew praise from F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, who termed him a ‘cannibal’ for attacking every race with the same intensity.
Verstappen’s ability to brake later than his opponents in places they never expect, and overtake, them simply demoralizes them. Verstappen did that to Hamilton on the last lap of the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP, catching Hamilton completely by surprise, and he did it to him again at COTA in the USGP this year, coming from a long way back to make the pass.
Hamilton was left dumbfounded.
In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Domenicali was questioned over the domination of Red Bull and Max Verstappen this season and whether we could see a similar dominant reign for the Dutch driver as we have seen for quite a few other drivers in the past.
“With the current regulations, also on an economic level thanks to the budget cap, I expect that many teams will be closer together in this battle, and I expect that teams’ winning cycles will be much shorter in duration. Not to take away from the quality of a driver like Verstappen. He is like a cannibal at the moment with full focus on every race.”
“The level has been very high all year round. The quality of the field is very high across the board. If you look at the differences in qualifying, you see that everyone in the field is at the top level. For example, Alex Albon also contributed some great performances in his Williams.”