Rosberg ennobles Verstappen to the F1 Olympus

Max Verstappen 2023 is probably the most dominant Formula 1 world champion in history. No wonder that the Dutchman is showered with praise after his third title. A former Mercedes champion also takes off his hat.

“This is really historic,” commented Nico Rosberg on “Sky” about Verstappen’s third World Cup win in a row. “It’s unbelievable the form he’s had and the level he’s racing at; the records he’s breaking – unreal.”

Verstappen is on the verge of becoming one of the “five greatest of all time,” said the 2016 world champion. “That’s spectacular. The way he drives, he’s close to the Fangios, Schumachers, Sennas and Hamiltons,” said Rosberg.

For the Red Bull team, it is “so motivating to know that they have one of the greatest drivers of all time driving their car,” said the 38-year-old, explaining the Verstappen factor for the Brause racing team. “It’s such an elevation and that’s what motivates them.”

Verstappen secured his third title with a second place in the sprint race in Qatar. He has already won 13 Grands Prix this season and has six left to drive. He is likely to top his win record from last year (15) again this season.

Formula 1: Pity for Verstappen victim Perez

“Sky” expert Karun Chandhok felt a little sorry for Serio Perez, who was completely outclassed at Red Bull, in view of the “imperious” Verstappen. His fate is reminiscent of tennis legend Rafael Nadal’s former opponents at the French Open.

“When you play against Rafael Nadal at his peak on clay, it doesn’t matter what you do with the ball, it just always comes back. That’s what it’s like to be Verstappen’s teammate.”

The Mexican is heavily criticized after a weak season. There is always speculation that Red Bull will throw Perez out at the end of the season – even though the 33-year-old has a contract in his pocket for 2024.