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Max Verstappen

Verstappen's rivals pinpoint why he is unbeatable

The Dutchman is well on his way to securing a third drivers title with Red Bull in Formula 1, but what makes him unbeatable?

Verstappen Perez Monza
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Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso have identified why Max Verstappen is seemingly unbeatable during the 2023 Formula 1 season.

Verstappen surpassed Sebastian Vettel's record of nine wins in a row with a 10th victory at the Italian Grand Prix, and looks set to be tough to beat for the remaining eight races of the season.

Red Bull also claimed a 24th win out of 25 races and face the possibility of becoming the only F1 team to win every single race in a season with the dominant RB19.

When asked why the driver and team combination has become unbeatable, Verstappen's former team-mate Gasly told media, including RacingNews365: "When you put all good ingredients together, you end up with a good dish. If you're trying to do a good pizza with rotten tomatoes it doesn't work.

"They've got a good base, they got a good car, they've got an excellent driver, he is the focus of the team.

"Everything is performing at its best at exactly at the same moment, which is why they have ended up with such domination.

"He's [Verstappen] performing at his best, I think Red Bull's car is objectively and definitely the fastest in this paddock.

"They are making very few mistakes, they are often the best at pitstops, they're just on top of their game and there is nothing really which seems to unsettle them - especially on his side of the garage."

Alonso: He's doing nothing wrong

Alonso and Aston Martin have become Verstappen's closest challengers so far with seven podiums, the most of any non-Red Bull team on the grid so far this year.

"Both Red Bull and Max they are connected this year, they are outstanding in everything they do," said Alonso.

"Red Bull has the fastest car, they can take care of the tyres better than others, they had the best starts, the best stops, they are the best in every area that you could wish.

"There is not one single aspect of that car that can be matched at the moment by anyone.

"With Max, it's literally the same thing. He's the best in qualifying, the best in the race, the best in battling, and he's the best in the pit stops."

Red Bull produced a sub-two second pit stop with Sergio Perez at the Hungarian Grand Prix, beating their previous record of 2.07s at the Spanish GP.

"In pit stops, it's true that two seconds is the record and Red Bull always does the fastest pitstop - the mechanics are doing a great job," explained Alonso.

"But also the driver needs to do his part there and never make a mistake in the positioning of the car. He's doing nothing wrong."

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