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Chandhok: Matured Verstappen ready to be world champion

  • Published on 18 Jan 2019 10:12
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Former Grand Prix driver Karun Chandhok believes that Max Verstappen has matured enough to become a Formula 1 world champion. Verstappen enjoyed a strong second half to the 2018 season, grabbing seven podiums in the last nine races - including a race vicory, his second o the year.

However, his strong results only came after a turbulent opening period to the season, where he came into contact with the walls or another driver at the first six races of the year.

Next year, Red Bull will take on Honda power units after its relationship with Renault dissolved. The energy drink squad has been tipped to challenge Mercedes and Ferrari for the world championship if Honda provides the goods in the engine department.

And should it do that, Chandhok, who will work as a Sky Sports F1 pundit in 2019, thinks that Verstappen will pose a threat to his competitors: “I think Max has now matured enough and he’s ready to be world champion,” Chandhok said at Autosport International show last week. 

“He’s like Lewis was in 2008, he’s ready to be fighting for the world championship and put together a season-long campaign.  It’s whether Honda can deliver for Red Bull.

"There were signs of Honda starting to get it together if you look at the back end of last year, they introduced an engine upgrade for Toro Rosso in Suzuka that really seemed to make a step forward,” he said.  

“We saw more evidence about it in Austin and know Red Bull are very optimistic about it. If they can deliver I think that’s great for F1.  If we can have Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull, potentially six cars fighting it out, that’s exactly what we all want to see. 

“F1 needs Honda to be successful because then it means Red Bull will be successful and we’ll have three teams competing at the front. That’s really important.”

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  • blade

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    Chandhok has called it early, Verstappen is mature enough to put together a season long campaign....I hope so but I think it's a tad premature. He has a new partner who will take time to bed in, he has to eliminate mistakes to ensure the team carry a small cushion for that.

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    • Jan 18 2019 - 12:34
  • I'm not a Max fan and might never be but I'd welcome him as WDC mainly because it would be refreshing and I'm sick of Lewis and Seb taking it.

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    • Jan 18 2019 - 16:00
  • I don't like Max same I never like Schumi. But I respect him and know it's just a matter of time when he will become a champ. I think he is getting less hot head each season but some mistake still happen when your car is not that strong as the rest of the top cars.

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    • Jan 18 2019 - 16:14

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