The title of Max Verstappen (Red Bull), which would break the reign of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, would be good for Formula One, said former British driver Jackie Stewart.
“Lewis drives extremely well and has more experience, but Max is hungry, young and ambitious, so I think he has a good chance of winning the championship, and that would be good for motorsports and for F1,” said the three-time champion. world (1969, 1971 and 1973).
Verstappen, 24, leads the championship with a 19-point lead over Hamilton, 36, with four races remaining, including the Brazilian Grand Prix to be held this Sunday in Sao Paulo.
If victorious in the exciting head-to-head, the Dutchman would win his first world championship and interrupt the dominance of the Briton, winner of the last four titles (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), in addition to those of 2008, 2014 and 2015.
“This championship finale is turning out fantastic,” said 82-year-old Stewart. “Mercedes’s dominance was certainly not boring, but a change is needed, at one point or another, and I think the time has come.”
In addition to the duel between riders, Mercedes and Red Bull star in a highly contested fight for the constructors’ championship, won uninterruptedly by the silver arrows since 2014.
Mercedes is currently the leader, but only by one point over the bulls, champions between 2010 and 2013.
“Both teams are at the top, as are the two drivers. And their teammates are driving very well. But there are still four GPs left and therefore a lot of points to be awarded.”
The Big Top is preparing for the free trials and the qualifying sprint race this Saturday, which will define the starting order for Sunday’s race.
Hamilton was penalized with five places for the start of the Grand Prix on Sunday because he changed engines, exceeding the authorized quota per season, a setback for his aspirations to revalidate the title.