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Two-time Formula One world champion Mika Hakkinen believes Max Verstappen has what it takes to win the 2021 Drivers’ Championship. Verstappen has enjoyed a fine start to the 2021 season, winning three of the seven races so far. Moreover, he extended his lead over Hamilton to 12 points in last weekend’s French Grand Prix, clinching victory by overtaking the Brit late on.
“Max [Verstappen] was annoyed to lose the lead at the start of the race,” Hakkinen said (via Express). “But I think the way he calmed down and focused on delivering the strong two-stop strategy was really impressive.
“He has matured as a driver, and he now knows what it takes to win consistently. This is the key to winning a World Championship. Red Bull have won four Grands Prix this year, while Mercedes have taken three. In reality, Max should have won at least one more.
“So while we can say that the Mercedes remains a very competitive race car, Red Bull is really delivering strong, consistent performances across different types of track.”
Verstappen will have the chance to extend his lead over Hamilton further over the next two weeks as the F1 tour hits Austria.