Two-time world champion Emerson Fittipaldi believes Max Verstappen deserves both his F1 world titles, despite the Abu Dhabi and cost cap sagas. The Brazilian believes the various dramas Verstappen’s team has gotten into cannot tarnish the Dutchman’s talent in the sport.
The 25-year-old recently joined Fittipaldi as a two-time world champion, breezing his way to a second title victory at the 2022 F1 Japanese GP. Much like his first title win, however, his title-winning charge this season was not without controversy as it was overshadowed by news of Red Bull‘s cost cap breach from 2021. Fittipaldi believes none of the controversies the Dutchman has found himself in can tarnish his reputation of being one of the best drivers on the grid.
Speaking to Vegas Insider about Max Verstappen, Fittipaldi said:
With a potential penalty expected to be heading Red Bull’s way for the 2021 cost cap breach, however, it is still uncertain whether Verstappen will hold onto his first title win.
Former driver and F1 TV pundit Karun Chandhok lauded Max Verstappen as a generational talent. The former compared the Red Bull champion to the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, and Ayrton Senna. The Dutchman is the 2022 F1 world champion, having secured his second consecutive title in the sport at the Japanese GP earlier this month.
There is no denying Verstappen’s raw pace and composed driving. Following his title defense, the Red Bull driver has placed himself alongside stalwarts such as Fernando Alonso, Mika Hakkinen, and Jim Clark. Chandhok acknowledged Verstappen’s dominance in 2022, claiming that his drives at Spa and Monza were highly impressive.
With four races to go, Max Verstappen has the opportunity to break Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel’s record for the most number of race wins – 13 – in a single season.
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