Eddie Jordan believes Verstappen will be the first F1 driver to win double-digit titles
Former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan believes Max Verstappen will surpass Lewis Hamilton’s record of seven World Championships, following Verstappen’s dominant 2022 season and impressive start to 2023 with Red Bull.
Eddie Jordan, former owner of an F1 team, has expressed his belief that Max Verstappen will eventually surpass Lewis Hamilton’s record of seven World Championships. Verstappen emerged victorious in a thrilling title battle with Hamilton in 2021, where he controversially overtook Hamilton on the last lap after a restart.
Due to Mercedes’ inability to provide Hamilton with a competitive car in 2022, Verstappen did not face a strong challenge from the British driver. Instead, he dominated the season, winning a record-breaking 15 races and securing his second consecutive Championship, while fending off competition from Ferrari.
In the current 2023 season, Red Bull has already demonstrated its superiority by securing 1-2 finishes in the opening races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. As a result, it appears that Red Bull will be the team to beat for the rest of the season.
Verstappen’s impressive start to the season, coupled with his team’s dominance, suggests that he may only face competition from his teammate, Sergio Perez, in his bid for a third consecutive Championship. With Red Bull poised for continued success until the regulations change in 2026, Verstappen, who is under contract until the end of 2028, has a good chance of breaking the records that Hamilton set during his victorious 2020 season.
Jordan has expressed his belief that Verstappen has the necessary speed and conditions to become the first Formula 1 driver to win ten or more Championships, comfortably surpassing the current record held by Hamilton and Schumacher.
During his Formula for Success podcast with fellow pundit David Coulthard, Jordan stated that if Verstappen maintains his physical and mental well-being, as well as the quality of his car, he is likely to achieve this remarkable feat.
Jordan praised Verstappen’s talent, stating that he is incredibly fast and young, making him a formidable force in the sport. Jordan also expressed his opinion that Hamilton needs to secure his eighth Championship quickly, as Verstappen seems likely to surpass that record soon.
Despite Red Bull’s early dominance in the current F1 season, team boss Christian Horner is not complacent and is aware that anything can happen in the sport.
In October of last year, Red Bull was found to have breached the cost cap for the 2021 season, resulting in a penalty that included a reduction of 10% in wind tunnel testing time for the entire 2023 season.
This was an additional blow to Red Bull, as the team was already limited to the lowest amount of wind tunnel and CFD testing time among all teams on the grid due to their 2022 Constructors’ Championship win.
Due to the penalty, Red Bull’s wind tunnel testing time for 2023 has been reduced to 63%, while Aston Martin, currently in second place in the standings, will enjoy 100% until the allowance resets in July. Ferrari and Mercedes will also have more wind tunnel testing time compared to Red Bull.
As a result, Horner believes that Red Bull’s current advantage over its competitors will decrease as the season progresses.
Eddie Jordan believes Verstappen will be the first F1 driver to win double-digit titles Eddie Jordan believes Verstappen will be the first F1 driver to win double-digit titles Eddie Jordan believes Verstappen will be the first F1 driver to win double-digit titles
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