Max Verstappen would do ‘something special’ by coming second to Lewis Hamilton in F1

That’s according to former Brawn Racing team principal Ross Brawn.

Lewis Hamilton is currently running away with the Drivers’ Championship, and is 62 points ahead of his nearest rival – team-mate Valtteri Bottas. 

Just seven points behind the Finn is Verstappen, who has been in good form recently.

The Dutch driver has won two of the last four Grand Prix, and finished second in Hungary last week.

Verstappen is widely recognised as the most exciting prospect in the sport right now, and is tipped as a future world champion.

Whilst Brawn believes it is slightly too early for him to start thinking about winning titles, the former Constructors’ Champion believes that the 21-year-old can do something unexpected if he is able to leapfrog Bottas.

“Max has scored more points (81) than any other driver from the last four races,” he explained after the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“That’s 18 more than Hamilton and also almost twice that of the Ferrari duo who are on 45 each. 

“It’s also well over twice Bottas’ total.

“Beating Lewis for the title seems out of reach, but second place is now more likely for Verstappen and that would be something special.”

Brawn’s view was echoed by Verstappen’s boss – Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. 

After the Hungarian Grand Prix, Horner explained that he feels Verstappen’s drive showed maturity. 

“I think he gets the bigger picture, knew the situation we were in and understands how the race is being read because to the layman it may seem that Red Bull got their strategy wrong. We didn’t,” he declared. 

“Mercedes just had the quicker car and the ability of a free pit stop opened up to them.

“He had the maturity immediately to understand what that situation was, and I think he has really come of age this year.”

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