Despite making two mistakes – Chandhok – Max Verstappen pulls ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
Max Verstappen gets ahead of Lewis Hamilton despite making two mistakes – Chandhok.
Despite being eight points behind Lewis Hamilton, Karun Chandhok believes Max Verstappen has the slightest of advantages this season over the seven-time world champion.
Despite being eight points behind Lewis Hamilton in the worldwide standings, Karun Chandhok, a former Formula One driver who is now a Sky Sports broadcaster, believes Max Verstappen has the slightest of advantages against the seven-time world champion this season.
Despite admitting it was “very difficult” to choose between the two, Chandhok feels Verstappen would still be in the lead if his tyre burst in Azerbaijan had not occurred.
For skysports.com, Chandhok stated, “Choosing between Lewis and Max for who to put on top was incredibly difficult, and to be honest, there’s a solid case to be made for both.”
“Neither driver, on the other hand, has been immaculate. Despite the fact that I still believe he could have given Lewis a little more room in the Silverstone incident, Max made a mistake in Bahrain by passing Lewis on the outside of the track, then ran wide in Portimao and lost pole.
“But, on the whole, he’s been outstanding this season and has taken advantage of every opportunity he’s given. If not for the tyre blowout in Baku, and even if he finished second in Silverstone, he would have led the championship by 37 points.
“After the summer break, the Dutchman and his crew will try to turn things around in the two home races he has coming up.”
Hamilton now leads the championship by eight points after a huge swing in the standings at the British Grand Prix.
Following two first-lap collisions, Verstappen’s Red Bull is firmly on the back foot heading into the summer break.
Chandhok did agree, though, that Mercedes’ dominance in the second part of the season cannot be ruled out.
He continued, “In the end, Lewis’ off-form weekend in Monaco and the re-start error in Baku were enough for me to put him behind Max.”
“His race victory in Bahrain was breathtaking, and his last stint reminded the entire paddock why he is his generation’s benchmark driver. In the smoggy air of Spain, Lewis’ ability to keep a close eye on Max was crucial to the strategy’s success.
According to Brinkwire Summary News, Lewis was fortunate in Imola because the race was red-flagged when he was in the gravel.