Max Verstappen currently holds a slight advantage over Lewis Hamilton in the 2021 F1 World Championship, and Gerhard Berger believes that accurately describes the competition between the two after the opening six races.
The Red Bull driver finds himself four points up on his Mercedes rival, with neither driver earning a point at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. With F1 heading to the Circuit Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix this weekend, Berger believes the fight between the two is slightly tiled in Verstappen's favour at this time.
"It's clear that the two drivers are close to one another," Berger told ServusTV. "Max is maybe ahead of Lewis at this time, but of course a lot can still happen this eason. We still have a long way to go.
"Finally, after so many years, we get a duel and sometimes even a triangle. Ferrari are suddenly popping up out front and taking pole positions.
"With Verstappen and Hamilton we have two exceptional talents who now have cars that are no longer inferior to one another. Max's car has no weak points. The chassis is very fast and it has an engine that isn't that far behind Mercedes."
Berger singled out Honda for praise given the work they've accomplished over the last few months ahead of their F1 departure at the end of the season.
"They have been looking for more power for two or three years, so they did a great job over the winter," Berger added. "They have done their homework and they now have a great opportunity to become champions again
"Max Verstappen meanwhile has mastered all facets of F1, while Hamilton makes more mistakes under pressure than in the past. Red Bull work together like a well-oiled machine, just look at the pit stops. They are setting record after record."