Max Verstappen labelled Lewis Hamilton’s ‘heir’ but warned about Charles Leclerc threat

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LEWIS HAMILTON might hand over his standing as F1’s main star to rival Max Verstappen when he retires.

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Max Verstappen may very well be the “inheritor” to Lewis Hamilton as F1’s largest star within the coming years, regardless of the risk from Charles Leclerc. Former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger claims Leclerc can nonetheless win “many world championships” and can be a risk to Verstappen in the long run.

Nevertheless, he has known as the reigning champion the “inheritor” to Hamilton and earlier than him Ayrton Senna.

Chatting with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Berger stated: “Hamilton is similar to Ayrton in the way in which he runs races, but additionally in the way in which he works politically and the way in which he directs the group. Senna had a charismatic character that gained the hearts of virtually everybody.

“Ayrton and Lewis are related and particular. Their inheritor could also be Verstappen, however Leclerc can win many world championships.”

Hamilton has turn into the motive force of his era, selecting up seven titles throughout two groups. His most profitable spell has come at Mercedes the place he picked up six crowns together with 4 back-to-back between 2017 and 2020.

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Max Verstappen labelled Lewis Hamilton's 'heir' but warned about Charles Leclerc threat

Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc are pushing to be Lewis Hamilton’s inheritor (Picture: Getty)

Verstappen is one in every of solely two drivers to have stopped Hamilton since he moved to Mercedes, the opposite being Hamiton’s former team-mate Nico Rosberg in 2016. Verstappen picked up his first crown at 24, simply months older than when Hamilton secured his first title in 2008.

It means the Dutchman has a number of years forward to try to beat Hamilton and Michael Schumacher’s document of seven championships. Former driver and 1996 champion Damon Hill definitely believes he has a shot to beat the all-time document.

He stated: “If let’s say for instance, Purple Bull have gotten it proper and have a run of success like they did with Sebastian Vettel.

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Max Verstappen labelled Lewis Hamilton's 'heir' but warned about Charles Leclerc threat

Max Verstappen may very well be Lewis Hamilton’s ‘inheritor’ (Picture: Getty)

“He’s received one world championship, let’s say he wins one other three, he’s received 4 world championships. He’s midway by the point he’s 28, to equalling, probably, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher… he’s on monitor.

“He’s on monitor for this ridiculously lengthy profession of profitable many world championships.”

Nevertheless, Verstappen’s hunt to defend his title has not began nicely with the champion mendacity sixth within the standings. He seemed on the right track to complete second in each Bahrain and Australia earlier than struggling mechanical failures.

It means he has thrown away an virtually assured 36 factors which leaves him 46 factors behind championship chief Leclerc.

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