In profitable the 2023 world championship, Verstappen joined a listing of 10 different drivers to have gained greater than two titles.
If Purple Bull can keep its place on the head of the pecking order till the present ruleset ends in 2026, Verstappen would theoretically have 5 titles – rarefied standing within the elite world champions’ membership, as solely Juan Manuel Fangio, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher have 5 F1 world titles or extra.
As an F1 legend in his personal proper because of automotive designs he has been concerned with profitable 25 F1 drivers’ and constructors’ championships in a 40-plus-year motorsport profession, Newey is uniquely positioned to touch upon Verstappen’s place alongside his fellow multi-title winners.
In an unique interview with Autosport, Newey initially acknowledge such ideas had been “very troublesome – as a result of it’s completely different areas, completely different vehicles and so on”.
However he added: “I feel Max, like all of the actually nice drivers, you may have the impression that he can drive the automotive nearly subconsciously.
“And that then leaves him with loads of processing energy to consider what the automotive is doing.
“[That means] how he can modify his driving to go well with the automotive, how he can change the set-up by way of the digital instruments on the steering wheel to help him in what he’s attempting to attain at that individual level within the race and the actual deg the tyres are struggling and no matter.
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Race winner Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB19
“Principally, to learn a race the entire means via.
“And I feel that’s one thing that he’s type of had when he first got here into Components 1, however maybe he’s actually been in a position to develop to a really excessive stage now.
“So, that type of capability to drive the automotive extraordinarily shortly, however nonetheless have fixed reserve is one thing which Max very clearly has and I might say all of the true greats that I’ve labored with have additionally been the identical.”
When requested if Verstappen was a straightforward driver to work with, Newey replied: “Yeah, he’s an easy driver to work with.
“He’s demanding, after all, completely. However his suggestions is sweet – it’s not over sophisticated.
“He is aware of the way to categorical what he desires out of the automotive. After which with GP [Gianpiero Lambiase, Red Bull chief engineer], his race engineer, has belief that we’ll provide you with options.
“We don’t all the time – Singapore [in 2023 and Red Bull’s only defeat of the campaign just gone] being the instance! However, we do our greatest.”