Mark Webber: Why he admires Max Verstappen


Mark Webber (45) competed against some of the best GP drivers: Schumacher, Alonso, Vettel, Hamilton. The Australian says why he thinks so much of the new Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen.

From Melbourne 2002 to Interlagos 2013, Mark Webber took part in 215 Formula 1 World Championship races. He competed against some of the best Grand Prix drivers of modern times: against Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso, against Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. Today the nine-time GP winner works as a Formula 1 expert on English Channel 4, and the World Cup third in 2010, 2011 and 2013 praises the new world champion Max Verstappen over the clover.

Mark Webber says: “Max Verstappen had been watching Formula 1 for a long time and he saw Lewis Hamilton dominate the sport. I could imagine that he thought: ‘I want that too.’ I see Verstappen as a person who is not impressed by other people and their successes. Rather, I see him as a man who sees a piece of land and wants to define his own limits. Like, ‘This is my territory now, and I’ll show you that.’ “

Webber adds admiringly: “I could hardly see any signs of wear and tear on Max. He did not allow himself to be worn down by the setback of the puncture in Baku and not even when he was pushed off the track by Hamilton in Silverstone. The only time I saw Verstappen a little bit beside my shoes was in Saudi Arabia. “

“Hamilton and Verstappen both had their problems and worries, but ultimately Max knows that he has defeated a very hungry Hamilton in absolute mental and physical top form.”

«Right from the start Max showed a maturity that mocks his age. Since then, his enormous self-confidence has only grown, plus a driving experience like no other driver has. The modern Formula 1 cars are not easy to drive. “

“Verstappen brought with him experience from karting and Formula 1, nothing more, but he didn’t need more to convince Red Bull of himself. Red Bull took a certain risk with him, but that fits the brand perfectly. “

“Max is an absolute stroke of luck, not just for Red Bull, but for the whole of Formula 1. Just take a look at what was going on in Zandvoort in summer 2021. This is phenomenal for the premier class, a new indicator of enthusiasm for a pilot. “

“Drivers like Max Verstappen come to Formula 1 every ten years. The Dutchman is absolutely outstanding, and the sport can be happy to have such a light figure.”

Planned Formula 1 World Cup in 2022

23-25 February: Test drives Barcelona, ​​Spain
11-13 March: Test drives Sakhir, Bahrain
March 20: Sakhir, Bahrain
March 27: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
April 10: Melbourne, Australia
April 24th: Imola, Italy
May 8: Miami, USA
May 22nd: Barcelona, ​​Spain
May 29: Monte Carlo, Monaco
June 12: Baku, Azerbaijan
June 19: Montreal, Canada
July 3: Silverstone, Great Britain
July 10: Spielberg, Austria
July 24th: Le Castellet, France
July 31: Budapest, Hungary
August 28th: ​​Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
September 4th: Zandvoort, Netherlands
September 11th: Monza, Italy
September 25: Sochi, Russia
October 2: Singapore
October 9: Suzuka, Japan
October 23: Austin, USA
October 30: Mexico City, Mexico
November 13: São Paulo, Brazil
November 20: Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi

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