Has the “generational” Max Verstappen overtaken Lewis Hamilton? Johnny Herbert’s Bold Claim | F1

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Verstappen claimed his seventh consecutive F1 2023 win at the Hungaroring last time out.

It means he is now 110 points clear of Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez, so on course to clinch a third consecutive drivers’ title.

By the end of the season, it’s likely Verstappen will overtake Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost for third on the all-time F1 winners list.

Speaking to King Casino Bonus, Herbert – who has won three races in his own F1 career – believes Verstappen will eventually become the top driver.

“Max Verstappen is a once-in-a-generation talent,” he said. “There is always an individual who comes along who is better than the previous one – despite advances in technology.

“Max will be better than Lewis, Lewis was better than Michael Schumacher and Schumacher was better than Senna. It just evolves.

“Max has grown so much as a driver. It just doesn’t fly away. He will judge him and do just what he has to do.

“It’s the change from the Max of yore. Because of that, I don’t see anyone rising to the same level as Red Bull.

“A bad day for Max was second. A bad day for him is now the first!

Herbert also made it clear that if Hamilton were to leave Mercedes, George Russell would be perfectly suited to lead the team in the absence of the seven-time world champion.

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“It wouldn’t be the end of the world because they have George Russell,” he added. “I think he’s more than capable of picking up the slack if needed because he fits in perfectly, he’s mature and he has the speed needed.”

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