Former Formula 1 team owner Eddie Jordan believes that Max Verstappen is capable of becoming the 'greatest of all time' with the Red Bull driver becoming the firm favourite for the 2023 Drivers' Championship.
The reigning World Champion currently holds a 14-point lead over teammate Sergio Perez in the drivers' standings, and looks a strong candidate for a third consecutive crown.
Clinching the 2023 title would see Verstappen equal the number of championships achieved by F1 greats such as Ayrton Senna, Niki Lauda and Jackie Stewart.
It would also mean that only five drivers would have earned more titles than the Dutchman: Sebastian Vettel (4), Alain Prost (4), Juan Manuel Fangio (5), Lewis Hamilton (7) and Michael Schumacher (7).
With Verstappen and Red Bull tipped to continue winning for some time, former F1 team owner Jordan, speaking on the Formula for Success podcast, has backed Verstappen to be judged as the being "greatest" in the sport.
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"For me, I really do believe in time, he will turn out to be the greatest driver of all time, subject to him being safe and well for a very long time," said Jordan.
"Because he has such a phenomenal attitude in the car. He's aggressive when he needs to be aggressive. He's tough when he needs to be tough. But he's clever as well. He knows how to look after the car."
"Another thing in his favour, he has to hope, particularly after the death of Dietrich Mateschitz of Red Bull that the team stays as strong as it is. With the people like Christian [Horner] and Adrian Newey there, I see no real problem in the short term.
"I see Max going from strength to strength, and I would not like to be a driver in Formula 1 at the moment hoping to become a world champion, because I don't know where it's going to come from."