The Scottish driver believes that if it wasn’t for Ferrari’s reliabilityissues of late, things may be quite different. Verstappen has pulled out a 49 lead in the Driver’s Championshipafter eight races in this year’s 22 round season the Dutchman turned thingsaround from earlier in the season when Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc looked to bethe stronger of the two. However, reliability issues halted Leclerc’s challenge for thetime being allowing Verstappen to pull out a very healthy lead.
Things can change very quickly in Formula 1.
Speaking to media including RacingNews365.com , Coulthard gave his thoughts onVerstappen’s lead and if he thought the Dutchman would fly off into thedistance and secure a second title with ease. While he is impressed withVerstappen’s driving, Coulthard believes that the Ferrari challenge is far fromover. “I don't, I really don't I think that, you know, Ferrari, if theyhadn't had those two non finishes, then it would have made a big difference. Ithink things change quickly in Formula 1. I think that the Ferrari is stillfundamentally a fast car, which has obviously got reliability issues,” Coulthardsaid. “And you know, we saw again, Perez had reliability issues on the[Canadian] weekend. So you know, let's see how the season plays out. But, youknow, he's [Verstappen] on a roll, there's no question. He's drivingbeautifully. But Carlos Sainz looked pretty quick on the weekend, maybe if thathad been Charles up there, maybe he would have had a go, who knows. Watch the fourth race of the 2022 W Series season live from Silverstone on Sky Sports and Channel 4 on Saturday 2 July.