Max Verstappen’s ‘mistakes’ are reason Dutchman could lose F1 title – ‘He’s getting carried away’ | F1 | sport
Max Verstappen is making “a lot of mistakes” that could cost him against Charles Leclerc in the title battle, according to ex-Ferrari star Eddie Irvine. He warned Verstappen gets ‘outraged’ during races and suggested the Dutchman has a problem with his aggression.
Leclerc suffered a series of high-profile errors in qualifying sessions, such as in the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix. The Monegasque set the fastest lap in the final session and was expected to start from pole but his late crash caused prevented from starting the race.
The young Ferrari star also lost control of his hot lap at the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku, which likely cost him pole. However, Irvine warns that the qualifying incidents were “not so relevant” to the issues during the race.
Speaking to La Gazzetto dello Sport, he said: “I don’t think anyone is faster than Verstappen, but he still makes a lot of mistakes. Leclerc does not do that. Having such an incident in qualifying is usually not so relevant.
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However, Irvine still thinks it’s too early this season to make any predictions on who will lift the crown. The Irishman also believes Verstappen has a hidden weapon at his side in the title hunt, his own team.
He said: “It’s too early to tell and with each passing year it gets harder. You have to face Red Bull, Verstappen and Adrian Newey. It’s very difficult.”