That’s the view of former F1 world champion Jenson Button, who gave his assessment on the current season, and the rivalry that dominates the sharp end of the F1 grid.
Indeed, Verstappen is the only driver to achieve podium finishes in each of the five Grands Prix so far this season.
The flying Dutchman’s victories at Imola and Monaco, combined with his three second-place finishes at Bahrain, Portimao and Barcelona, mean that he holds a one-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship heading to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku next weekend.
“But I’m hoping it’s going to be a close season.
“Obviously Lewis has won the last couple but Max has been his biggest competitor and he’s been close to him.
“I do think they can challenge him, but it literally needs to be the perfect season for Red Bull, it really does.”
“To go up against Lewis and Mercedes, the powerhouse, they’ve been around for a long time fighting for championships, they don’t really put a foot wrong,” he admitted.
“So it’s tough for them, but if anyone can do it, Red Bull and Max can do it.”
Button also hailed Hamilton for how he has used his platform as one of the biggest stars in sport to become a big voice for social change.
“He has come a long way, he really has,” he explained.
“But I’m actually really impressed with how far Lewis has come, he’s got a massive following, he’s going to have a massive following, he’s a seven-time world champion and is going to achieve more than possibly any F1 driver has this year in F1, and he’s using it for good, and I like to see that.
“Whether other people have pushed him in this direction I don’t know, but I really like what he’s doing and he seems this year to be a very different Lewis to what we’ve seen before.
“I still think there were insecurities but this year he seems so much more relaxed and it’s great to see. He has really used his voice for good.”
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