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Max Verstappen

Verstappen can 'shut everybody up' - Montoya

Red Bull driver Verstappen has opened up an 81-point lead after just nine races.

Former F1 race winner Juan Pablo Montoya is hopeful championship leader Max Verstappen can "shut everybody up" by winning every remaining race this season.

The Dutchman has won seven of the opening nine races this campaign to race into an 81-point advantage over Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, all but confirming a third Drivers' crown in succession.

Despite its now 72-year history, no team has ever secured a win in every race of a season, though McLaren came close when winning all but one in 1988.

Red Bull's dominance over the rest of the field, as well as Verstappen's unrelenting form, has led to suggestions that the elusive perfect season could fall the Milton Keynes-based outfit's way this year.

Number one question mark

Previewing the British Grand Prix for VegasInsider, former Williams and McLaren driver Montoya said: "I think we have to say that Max Verstappen is going to win. It would be amazing if he is going to win all the races and shut everybody up, that would be pretty cool.

"The number one question mark is, what will happen with Checo? Is Checo going to pull it together and get a lap in qualifying?

"It gets to a point where he needs to stop trying so hard because the car is fast enough. It's ok if you make it to Q3 being sixth or seventh and being six-tenths off your teammate and then in Q3, you try and see what happens.

"He just needs to see what happens, put a banker lap in for the top five and then give it his all.

"Is he going to finish on the podium? I'm going to say 90 percent yes. Is he going to be second? I'm not so sure. I see him finishing third and then Ferrari, in my opinion, will most likely take the number two spot."

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