In sporting terms, Max Verstappen is as dominant as it gets, but could his astronomical rise to the top of F1 be detrimental to the engagement of the fans?
Last season, the Dutch-Belgian won his second consecutive world title, leaving his nearest competitor, Charles Le Clerc, in the dust by an astonishing 146 points. And this year, his form has been even more impressive.
He currently sits atop the table on 195 points, with his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez on 126 and Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso on 117.
With poise, charisma and undeniable skill, the 25-year-old is undeniably on the road to cementing his place as one of the greatest drivers of all time.
However, as per F1 icon Johnny Herbert, it might not be the best thing for bringing new racing enthusiasts into the sport.
F1 icon, Johnny Herbert, worries whether Max Verstappen is too good
Speaking exclusively to OLBG, the 59-year-old said: “There is a threat that people might turn off because it is predictable, and Red Bull’s domination could be a problem. It is not what I want. I want others to have that chance to take it to Verstappen. We are not seeing that. There is always a worry that being predictable could lead people to switch off.”
The former racer continued: “If you look at Netflix and America coming on board, we have had a couple of years where we have had a fight on our hands. Ferrari were in the mix last year, but then it went awry. This year Red Bull is in complete control.”
But regardless of Herbert’s concerns, at least for the time being, the global superstar looks invincible. Therefore, without a real superstar emerging from the blue, it’s going to take something extraordinary to remove Verstappen from his throne.
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