Verstappen can't be stopped: Rivals pinpoint why he is unbeatable

Written by Jakob A. Overgaard

Sep.10 - 2023 7:45 AM CET

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Max Verstappen, the Dutch sensation, is on a trajectory that seems unstoppable in the 2023 Formula 1 season. His prowess on the track has left many in awe, and his competitors are trying to decode the secret behind his invincibility.

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As reported by RacingNews365, Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso, two of Verstappen's contemporaries, have shed light on why the Red Bull driver appears unbeatable. Verstappen recently broke Sebastian Vettel's record by clinching his 10th consecutive win at the Italian Grand Prix. With this momentum, he's poised to dominate the remaining races of the season.

Red Bull Racing, Verstappen's team, has also been in exceptional form, winning 24 out of the 25 races this season. They are on the verge of becoming the only F1 team to achieve a perfect season with their dominant RB19 car.

When quizzed about the reason behind this unparalleled success, Gasly, Verstappen's former teammate, drew an analogy to cooking. He mentioned, "When you put all good ingredients together, you end up with a good dish. If you're trying to do a good pizza with rotten tomatoes it doesn't work. They've got a good base, they got a good car, they've got an excellent driver, he is the focus of the team. Everything is performing at its best at exactly at the same moment, which is why they have ended up with such domination. He's [Verstappen] performing at his best, I think Red Bull's car is objectively and definitely the fastest in this paddock. They are making very few mistakes, they are often the best at pitstops, they're just on top of their game and there is nothing really which seems to unsettle them - especially on his side of the garage."

Verstappen's performance has been top-notch, and the Red Bull car is undeniably the fastest in the paddock. Their precision is evident not just on the track but also in the pit stops, where they consistently outperform their rivals. Gasly emphasized that the team's success isn't just due to the car or the strategies but also because of Verstappen's impeccable driving skills.

Fernando Alonso, who has emerged as one of Verstappen's closest competitors this season, echoed similar sentiments. He praised both Red Bull and Verstappen for their excellence in every aspect of the race.

Highlighting the team's efficiency, Alonso pointed out Red Bull's record-breaking sub-two-second pit stop with Sergio Perez at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Such feats are not just about the team's efficiency but also about the driver's precision in positioning the car correctly during pit stops. In Alonso's words, "Both Red Bull and Max they are connected this year, they are outstanding in everything they do."