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Max Verstappen

Montoya raises question over Verstappen dominance

Is Verstappen's command over F1 overhyped?

Former F1 race winner Juan Pablo Montoya has questioned Max Verstappen's dominance in F1 by claiming there are "seven or eight drivers" capable of winning the Drivers' championship in the Red Bull.

The Milton Keynes-based outfit has been the dominant force of the field this season, securing victory in all 12 races so far, as well as the trio of Sprint events.

Verstappen has won 10 of those to Sergio Perez's two to take a 125-point advantage into the second half of the season, well on his way to a third successive title.

"Well, right now he is doing a very good job," Montoya told Colombian outlet Semana.

"But he looks just as invincible as when Hamilton was winning everything, that's the reality.

"Max is a very good driver but so far in the best car. Max's speed right now is not better than Max's speed two years ago - it's probably the same, just that the car is much faster."

It's complicated

"If you take Max out of that car, there are about seven or eight drivers who could be World Champions in that car," added Montoya.

"If he were not there, Checo [Perez], [Lewis] Hamilton, [Carlos] Sainz, [Charles] Leclerc - they would be World Champions.

"It's complicated. The better you are, the more chance you have of being in a good team. The best drivers are in the best cars.

"Lando Norris, for example, is a very good driver and McLaren has improved a lot this year, but Lando would probably be World Champion at Red Bull."

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