Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left?
Having extended his Formula 1 points lead with victory in Canada, Max Verstappen has raised his game further following his 2021 title triumph. Even on the days where Red Bull appears to be second best to Ferrari, Verstappen is getting the most out of the car in each race. So, does he have any weaknesses that his title rivals can exploit?
Simply put, it was a virtuoso performance from Max Verstappen in Canada. Although grid penalties meant it wasn’t chief rival Charles Leclerc breathing down his neck in qualifying or the grand prix to heighten the pressure to the extreme, the defending champion nevertheless spent much of his time at Montreal dabbling with perfection.
The latest of his 26 Formula 1 triumphs, which places Verstappen ninth on the all-time winners list, moved the Dutch racer 46 points clear of Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez, with Leclerc another three adrift. For Ferrari and Perez, who retired with a hydraulics failure last Sunday, it’s not enough to hope that Verstappen hits further reliability trouble to go with his early-season DNFs in Bahrain and Australia. They need to pinpoint and, more critically, exploit any Verstappen deficits if they are to take the title to the wire.
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