2023 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing talks to the media in the Paddock after the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Qatar at Lusail International Circuit on October 07, 2023 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1: Max Verstappen Is close to perfection – Hill

Former Williams F1 driver Damon Hill said on Monday’s Sky Sports news that Max Verstappen was groomed young to be a perfect driver, and he’s hard to beat.

“They’ve [Mercedes] got a tall order to match or overturn the Red Bull combination with Max Verstappen driving, they have come close to perfection this season, they really have, and they’ve broken a lot of records that have stood for a long time.”

“I think Max is on target to break a record that Jim Clark set back in the ’60s which is the percentage of race wins in a season [Editor’s Note: actually it was Alberto Ascari that holds the records having won 6 of 8 races in a season for 75%. So far Verstappen has won 14 of 17 races in 2023, or 82.3%]

“He’s ticked off loads of records this year and they seem unstoppable. So, you need to achieve perfection to be able to beat them.”

“He’s a new breed of driver whereby he started very young. In Max’s case, his father was a Formula 1 driver so he had all that experience of Jos Verstappen coaching him and giving him all the right direction.”

“Michael Schumacher lived on a go-kart track, but his dad wasn’t a famous Formula 1 driver – he started very young, as did Lewis Hamilton. Max, from a very early age, has been groomed and coached in the right way to understand what is required, and he’s got the most extraordinary talent.”

“He’s got a good head on his shoulders and is mature. He came into Formula 1 aged 17, before he could even driver a road car, and was both volatile and quick. He’s managed to combine his youth and speed with experience now and I think understands now what the job is. He’s just getting better and better.”

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