‘Verstappen wouldn’t win the world championship in any other car than the Red Bull,’ McLaren boss shows his claws

‘Verstappen wouldn’t win the world championship in any other car than the Red Bull,’ McLaren boss shows his claws
‘Verstappen wouldn’t win the world championship in any other car than the Red Bull,’ McLaren boss shows his claws

In the official Formula 1 podcast, Formula 1 boss Zak Brown believes that Max Verstappen is world champion thanks to the power of his Red Bull car.

Would Max Verstappen currently be able to win the Formula 1 world championship with another team? Regularly raised during periods of domination of a single-seater in the premier discipline of motorsport, this question was addressed by Zak Brown, the boss of McLaren, in Beyond the Grid, the official F1 podcast. And according to him, the Dutch driver, well on his way to winning a fourth consecutive coronation, would not have all this success if he were in another team.

“As great as Max is, and one of the best of all time, I don’t think he would win the world championship in any car other than Red Bull,” said the team boss American, without denying Verstappen’s talent. “I don’t think you can win without a star driver, so you need both (the car and the driver, editor’s note),” he said.

“I think there are six or seven drivers on the grid who would be world champions with Red Bull,” he added without naming them.

Pérez struggles to compete with Verstappen

After seven races, Max Verstappen dominates the 2024 championship standings with five wins and 161 points. The other Red Bull driver, Mexican Sergio Pérez, is only third with 107 points. He is ahead of Charles Leclerc on his Ferrari (113 points) and closely followed by Lando Norris, recent winner in Miami with McLaren (101 points).

In 2023, Max Verstappen secured his third crown by winning 19 of 22 races. His teammate and runner-up Sergio Pérez won twice. Only one race had escaped Red Bull: the Singapore GP, won by Carlos Sainz with Ferrari.

Max Verstappen’s first title, against a backdrop of controversy at the Abu Dhabi GP, was ultimately the one where he was crowned without having the best car. That year, Mercedes won the constructors’ standings by 28 points over Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton (2nd) and Valtteri Bottas (3rd) both finished ahead of Sergio Pérez (4th).

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