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Jacques Villeneuve

Villeneuve: Verstappen has become a much fairer racing driver

Speaking in an interview with RacingNews365.com, Jacques Villeneuve has praised Max Verstappen for his increased maturity on track

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Jacques Villeneuve has praised Max Verstappen's fairness with racing other drivers on track, saying the Dutch driver has become a much fairer competitor than his first few seasons in Formula 1.

Verstappen picked up an early reputation for being a risk-taker when it came to overtaking, both in terms of offence and defence, and Villeneuve reckons the young Dutchman is now a much fairer racer than when he first entered the sport.

"He seems to have become fairer," Villeneuve explained to RacingNews365.com.

"In his first season, there was a lot of weaving, you know, in the straights and so on. And he stopped doing that.

"So it seems, he seems to have gotten a much better balance now on what's fair and not fair as a fighter and how to go and when, when to push, when not to push. He seems to be a lot more complete."

Asked whether he sees any weaknesses in Verstappen's racing, the 1997 Formula 1 World Champion explained that there doesn't seem to be any particular area in which the Dutch driver is lacking.

"This year? None, really," Villeneuve explained.

"Even when he finished second in Bahrain, because he went wide, he took it in stride. It's like, 'Ok, well, you won', the season is long, so very mature right now.

"He's got the potential, he is always at the front, he is always up there."

As for who he feels is the stronger racer of the two title rivals right now, Villeneuve threw his weight behind the Red Bull driver and said, "At the moment, I would say Max, because Lewis has too many years of winning easily."

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