In impressive style, Max Verstappen won his second Formula 1 World Championship title in a row in 2022. German former F1 champion Nico Rosberg is full of praise for the Dutchman, especially because of the way the season went. The ex Mercedes team mate to Lewis Hamilton feels that Max is a ‘great’, and potentially the greatest of all time.
After his record season with 15 race wins, Max Verstappen was able to celebrate his second world championship title. The Dutchman had already been crowned world champion since the end of October.
The 2016 Formula 1 champion, Nico Rosberg, was thrilled with the 25-year-old’s performance in an interview with Sky Sports: “He is an incredible driver. His level is exceptionally high and it’s just great to witness it.”
Verstappen has already won 35 races in Formula 1. Despite his young age, this already puts him in sixth place in this best list, which is headed by Lewis Hamilton with 103 victories. With such figures at such an early part of his career, the scene is set for further records to be broken by the Dutchman.
“One of the best performances I have ever seen”
Rosberg is fascinated by Verstappen’s strength and declared that the young Red Bull driver is likely set to be a ‘great’ of the sport, if not ‘the greatest’:
“He is a two-time world champion and already has more race wins than Fernando Alonso, for example. I think he’s only really getting going now, although he’s already one of the best drivers of all time.”
The 37-year-old is sure that “Verstappen will also confirm that in the coming years”.
For the German, it was particularly impressive that Verstappen was still able to fight back after a mixed start to the season:
“Ferrari had the fastest car at the beginning. Nevertheless, he had 146 points more than anyone else at the end of the season. He destroyed his opponents on the way to the title. It was certainly one of the best performances we have ever seen.”
After the first three races of the season, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc enjoyed a 46-point lead in the world championship standings.
But many fatal decisions and wrong race strategies quickly diminished the Italian team’s hopes of winning its first drivers’ title since 2007.