Former Scuderia Ferrari driver and Formula One legend Gerhard Berger admitted that Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and the Maranello team’s Charles Leclerc are yet to overtake Lewis Hamilton as the best driver on the grid today.
In F1 circles, a clear debate is taking place as to whether it will be feisty Dutchman Max Verstappen or the focused Charles Leclerc who take over as the best. But Gerhard Berger told German magazine Auto Motor und Sport that six time world champion Hamilton is still F1’s standout driver.
“It’s going to be difficult for them,” the former McLaren and Ferrari driver, who is now boss of the German touring car series DTM, said.
As for which 22-year-old – Max Verstappen or Charles Leclerc – will ultimately dethrone the much-older Hamilton, Gerhard Berger is not sure: “The two of them are fundamentally different,” said the Austrian – “Verstappen is more aggressive and unpredictable. He is completely apolitical, and he says what he thinks loud enough for everyone to hear. He drives the same way,” said Berger – “Leclerc on the other hand gives the impression of being the calmer and more considerate driver, and I also see more calculation, more politics. As I said, a completely different approach, but on the same level in terms of ability.” – the former Scuderia Ferrari driver concluded.