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Nico Rosberg has lauded Max Verstappen and Crimson Bull’s 2023 dominance of System 1 as “legendary” and says the world championship chief’s latest performances have been “like artwork”.
Verstappen received Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix to assert his seventh and Crimson Bull’s twelfth successive race wins, with the latter feat breaking a McLaren file that had stood since 1988.
With each Verstappen and Crimson Bull holding monumental leads within the drivers’ and constructors’ standings – 110 and 229 factors respectively, consideration is starting to show to what number of extra data they will break collectively through the the rest of the season.
Recapping Crimson Bull’s efficiency in Hungary, 2016 world champion Rosberg advised the Sky Sports activities F1 Podcast: “Let’s go together with legendary as a result of the Crimson Bull workforce broke a legendary historic file of 11 successive race wins by McLaren. They’ve now acquired 12, in order that’s an unbelievable milestone.
“And Verstappen himself is driving in such a legendary approach. I imply, he’s driving like the most effective 5 or 6 of all time, consistent with a (Ayrton) Senna, (Michael) Schumacher, (Lewis) Hamilton and (Juan Manuel) Fangio, and you then begin to wrestle [to think of more names] already.”
Verstappen’s particular person run has seen him be a part of Rosberg as one in all 5 drivers to win seven successive F1 races, with solely Sebastian Vettel, who received 9 in a row in 2013, having gone past the Dutchman’s present streak.
The 25-year-old’s latest kind has been made all of the extra spectacular by the relative struggles of his team-mate Sergio Perez, who has did not qualify within the high eight for the final six races, and solely twice completed on the rostrum.
“I imply what an honour to be like in that sentence as a part of that,” Rosberg stated. “Seven in a row, yeah that was fairly cool.
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“It is unbelievable actually, such a efficiency from Max. And I stated it within the after-race interview with him – that I am one of many folks that may finest choose his efficiency in the intervening time and the extent that he is driving at.
“And sure, it does not precisely make for probably the most thrilling races on the very entrance. Nevertheless it’s so deserving as a result of it is unbelievable the extent that he is at, so near perfection on a regular basis.
“You have to evaluate to the team-mate, look the place Sergio Perez is. His finest qualifying consequence within the final six Grands Prix was ninth on the grid, are you able to imagine, with the identical automobile.
“And Sergio is a very good driver, we all know that he is aware of the best way to drive a racing automobile. So Max is simply extraordinary.”
‘Verstappen have to be cautious of changing into complacent’
Verstappen will probably be seeking to lengthen his and Crimson Bull’s streak at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, and Rosberg has warned the Dutchman have to be cautious to keep away from changing into complacent.
“It is extra a normal factor that he typically must be cautious that he does not get complacent,” Rosberg stated.
“He is in such an unbelievable circulation the place nobody can contact him, and that is often when there is a threat of getting complacent and also you lose a little bit of motivation, so he simply must be a bit cautious of that.
“However I do not see that taking place as a result of the mind-set that he has is phenomenal and he is so targeted and so within the zone on a regular basis.
“It is like artwork, it is superb.”
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Thursday July 27
2pm: Drivers’ Press Convention
Friday July 28
8.55am: System 3 Apply
10am: System 2 Apply
12pm: Belgian GP Apply One (session begins 12.30pm)
1.55pm: System 3 Qualifying
2.50pm: System 2 Qualifying
3.35pm: Belgian GP Qualifying build-up
4pm: Belgian GP Qualifying
6pm: Ted’s Qualifying Pocket book
Saturday July 29
8.55am: System 3 Dash Race
10.30am: Belgian GP Dash Shootout build-up
11am: Belgian GP Dash Shootout
12.40pm: System 2 Dash Race
2.30pm: Belgian GP Dash build-up
3.30pm: BELGIAN GP SPRINT
5pm: Ted’s Dash Pocket book
Sunday July 30
7.25am: System 3 Characteristic Race
8.55am: System 2 Characteristic Race
12.30pm: Grand Prix Sunday – Belgian GP build-up
2pm: THE BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
4pm: Chequered Flag – Belgian GP response
5pm: Ted’s Pocket book
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