Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok has lavished praise on Max Verstappen's level of performance in the 2022 season, saying the Dutchman's dominance is 'ominous' for the rest of the grid.
After narrowly taking the 2021 F1 Drivers' Championship title away from Lewis Hamilton in contentious circumstances at the season's final Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, Verstappen seems set for an altogether more convincing title win in 2022.
The Dutchman has won eight of 13 races so far this year, and has a commanding 80-point lead at the top of the standings.
Verstappen's performances, along with those of teammate Sergio Perez, have also helped Red Bull establish a 97-point advantage at the top of the Constructors' Championship, and Chandhok heaped praise on Verstappen's driving in 2022.
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"The Dutchman came into this season with the huge legion of Hamilton fans calling him an unworthy world champion, but he's kept his head down, avoided the distractions and has built a campaign around supreme consistency and speed," Chandhok told Sky Sports.
"Eight wins from the first 13 races has been brilliant in itself, but the manner in which Max has delivered some of those wins by calmly picking his moments to overtake and seize opportunities is a clear indication of a driver who has added title-battling experience to the already prodigious amount of God-given talent.
"There's seemingly no weakness now, which is ominous for the opposition, not just this year but in the future too."
Chandhok's comments echo those of Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner, who told RacingNews365.com earlier this month that Verstappen had been driving at a 'phenomenal' level so far in 2022.
The 14th round of the 2022 F1 World Championship is the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on August 28, where Verstappen was classified the winner of last year's rain-affected event.
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