Despite being a prodigious talent himself, Max Verstappen is realistic about how there is an element of luck that comes into play regarding the career trajectory of an F1 driver.
After six full seasons in Formula 1, Verstappen finally has a car beneath him that is capable of challenging for the title. The Red Bull man has been forced to watch an ultra-dominant Mercedes team romp to seven consecutive title doubles on the trot, leaving precious little for the rest of the challenging pack to feast on.
"There’s just a bit of luck," Verstappen told Autosport. "I think there’s so many good drivers in F1. Of course, some have won more titles than others, some haven’t won anything.
"There are world champions, really for a lot of years, but that doesn’t mean they were the only great drivers who were actually around at that time. You just need the luck – that you’re in the right team, at the right place and are dominant for a long time. And that doesn't always happens."
About his own prospects, Verstappen hopes he finds himself in a fortunate position where he can battle for the title for several years to come.
"I hope that I will be in a position to fight for a championship or whatever, in the near future," Verstappen stated.
"If that’s going to be one, seven, that’s just up to how long the team will stay dominant."