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Max Verstappen

Verstappen will be better than Hamilton - Herbert

The Dutchman is well on his way to securing at third F1 Drivers' title.

Former F1 race winner Johnny Herbert believes Max Verstappen will surpass Lewis Hamilton's achievements in the sport.

Dutchman Verstappen is well on his way to a third Drivers' title in a row having raced into a 110-point advantage over Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez after only 11 races this term.

Numerous records have been broken in the past two seasons but Hamilton's mark of 103 race wins and 104 pole positions remain a distant target.

Herbert, who took three victories in the 1990s, has backed Verstappen to better Hamilton's records, as the Briton had to Michael Schumacher.

F1 evolution

"Verstappen is a once-in-a-generational talent,” Herbert told King Casino Bonus.

"There is always one individual who comes along who is better than the last – notwithstanding the technological advances.

"Max will be better than Lewis, Lewis was better than Michael Schumacher, and Schumacher was better than Senna. It just evolves.

"Max has grown up so much as a driver. He just doesn’t fly away into the distance. He will judge it and do just what he needs to do.

"That is the change from the Max of old. Because of that I do not see anyone yet getting themselves on to the same level as Red Bull.

"A bad day for Max was second. A bad day for him now is first!"

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