It seemed impossible at one stage to even imagine any race driver to even match up to Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles. Yet now it is a reality, courtesy to Lewis Hamilton’s glorifying stint in the sport. However the 24-years-old Dutchman, Max Verstappen has taken the seven-time Brit world champion with surprise and has rightfully challenged him for 2021 title. Which has left former F1 driver Johnny Herbert praising him for all the right reasons.
In a broad interview about the 2021 Formula 1 season’s title battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, Johnny Herbert stated that he believes it is completely normal for drivers to get better over generations, saying “it’s just another evolution of the driver skillset.”
Johnny Herbert on Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton
Speaking to RacingNews365.com, Johnny Herbert said, “He [Verstappen] will be better than Lewis, and Lewis was better than Michael, from my perspective, it’s just another evolution of the driver skillset. That is what Max gives to me, he excites me, he gives me a visual stimulation when I’m watching TV or I’m at the racetrack.
“That’s what the buzz should be all about, and a lot of race fans will get wowed because the wow factor is, ‘I couldn’t do that!’, and that’s what it’s all about. I like him for that,” he added.
“I still feel Lewis has the edge at the present time, but it won’t be long before that’s on the other foot,” Herbert added. “Verstappen is still a young man and has a wealth of experience to come his way. And he will be better than Lewis, but it’s not quite yet, for me. Not quite yet, but it ain’t far away!
“He’ll be pushing himself massively to get the championship done and, if he gets it this year, that’ll be the changeover button already done.”