Although Lewis Hamilton currently tops the F1 Drivers' standings by eight points over Max Verstappen, former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone believes the Dutchman will come out on top at season's end.
Verstappen saw a sizeable lead in the standings evaporate after crashing out of the British GP and finishing ninth in Hungary. Both men will look to begin the second half of their season in style with this weekend's Belgian GP, though Ecclestone is putting his money on Verstappen taking the title.
"I would put my money on Max," Ecclestone told Auto Motor und Sport. "He's doing a good job, and he seems to have the better car at the moment."
While Ecclestone is picking Verstappen to win the 2021 World Championship, he knows it won't be easy as Hamilton's experience could help him in the second half of the season.
"Max will start winning races that Lewis can't win and vice versa," Ecclestone continued. "In the end, the number of mistakes made could be decisive.
"Lewis has more experience, he knows this situation. The greatest risk for Max is that he could make more mistakes."
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