Former Formula 1 driver Eddie Irvine enjoys the battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen unfolding this year. The Brit sees that the ‘ultimate talent’ Max Verstappen is currently the fastest driver of the bunch who sends his teammates from pillar to post.
Eddie Irvine was Michael Schumacher’s teammate for many years. He knows all too well what it’s like to play second fiddle and sees that Sergio Perez and Valtteri Bottas are also in that position, he said in an interview with Betway.
“No driver in Formula 1 could beat Verstappen or Hamilton regularly if they were their teammate. Hamilton is getting older and his pace is slowing down, but he is still a true professional. At the same time, we all know that every driver would be beaten if he has to compete against the sheer speed of Verstappen,” said the Northern Irishman.
Because according to Irvine, Verstappen is currently performing at the peak of his ability. “This season is great. Verstappen is clearly the fastest driver at the moment, but Hamilton is still the top driver. It’s fantastic to see those two compete. I think it will be a really great season.”
According to the four-time Grand Prix winner, the Dutchman is the ultimate Formula 1 talent, who finally has all his affairs in order. “When we talk about Max’s driving skills, it seems clear that after six years everything comes together. He has always been super fast. You can see that by the fact that he is the most dominant driver in the mutual battle with his teammate.”
“He’s had many different second drivers and none of them have come close. It’s a bit of the Michael Schumacher effect. Lewis, on the other hand, has been beaten by his teammates on a regular basis, so you have to say that Verstappen is the ultimate talent. At the same time, Lewis is a perfect professional with few weaknesses.”