Former Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher thinks Max Verstappen “doesn’t stand a chance under normal circumstances” to become champion this year. However, that has nothing to do with his performance itself, he makes clear: “Maybe he is lucky now.”
Verstappen has a lead of eight points with the races in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, but that was 21 points two races ago. Lewis Hamilton’s victories in Brazil and Qatar have narrowed the gap and momentum now appears to be with Mercedes. For the last two races, the team also plans to return ‘the rocket’, as Hamilton’s powerplant has been called in Brazil, after using an older combustion engine in Qatar. The course of the past two races leads former Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher to believe that the chances for Verstappen, despite his lead, have dwindled.
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“The Mercedes is the more stable package at the moment,” Schumacher told Sky Sports. “Max is doing his best and showing how good he is. But under normal circumstances he doesn’t stand a chance”, he refers to winning the title.
But, Schumacher also makes clear right away, that does not detract from his performance this year. According to him, it also has to do with his luck. Verstappen could have won this year’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix if he had not suffered the flat tire in the closing stages of the race and of course also had bad luck in Great Britain and Hungary.
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“Maybe he has the luck that he has been lacking until now,” Schumacher said. “If he had had this luck at the start of the season, he might have been world champion by now.”