Former GP driver Jacques Villeneuve assesses the duel between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton and explains why he sees the Red Bull Racing star as the superior title opponent.
The top duel between the two title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen has already provided a lot of discussion material. The defending champion from the Mercedes team and the Red Bull Racing challenger have clashed several times in their duels for the world championship crown and have both been punished for the collisions.
For Villeneuve one thing is certain: the Dutchman will win the title. In an interview with his colleague from the “Corriere della Sera” he explains: “Verstappen is superior. He didn’t make any real mistakes and always attacked. Lewis Hamilton, on the other hand, showed weaknesses – just like the Mercedes team.”
And the Canadian, who won the 1997 World Championship title fight, criticized the seven-time champion: “After Nico Rosberg left, he had an easy life. Maybe he fell asleep a little while doing it, but this year he has definitely woken up again. But it remains a phenomenon.”
The 50-year-old also criticizes the penalties that both World Cup participants received. So Verstappen didn’t do much wrong in Monza. “And the maneuver at Silverstone wasn’t on purpose either. It was a mistake and it annoys me when mistakes are punished. Lewis doesn’t usually make mistakes like that, they only happen to him when he’s fighting Max.”