Gerhard Berger, ex-driver of Formula 1 and former co-owner of the Toro Rosso team, took part in a special edition of the analytical program Sport und Talk on the Austrian TV channel ServusTV, dedicated to the results of the Styrian Grand Prix. The main theme was an exciting title battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.
“Actually, this is the best Formula 1 that I have seen in a long time, and I am gradually becoming a fan again! – said the Austrian. – Now Max Verstappen has everything he needs to become world champion, he is already fully ripe for his first title.
Now we are watching a real duel between Max, a young racer, and such an experienced master as Lewis – what was happening was completely normal business. Today, Red Bull Racing is pitted against Mercedes, and in the past Williams has competed with Ferrari, or McLaren with Williams.
In Verstappen’s case, it’s impressive that he has learned a lot and how little mistakes he makes. These are the two main reasons why we are witnessing such an exciting duel this year. “
Already in the evening after the race, Max received a warning for slowing down on a straight line after the finish, and then accelerating again with a strong wheel slip. Berger drew attention to this episode: “In those seconds I thought that this will be the topic of a separate conversation! Prevention is an adequate measure in this case. But I love what happens in MotoGP, where on the lap after the finish some of the riders put on a real show. In Formula 1, there must also be some portion of madness. “
Berger also generally commended Michael Masi’s work as FIA Racing Director: “He took over this post after Charlie Whiting, and I especially like his level-headed approach, ideal for this job.
Most of the fines handed down by the stewards are clear to me. But, for example, Yuki Tsunoda was deprived of three starting positions for interfering with Bottas in training. I did not see this moment in all the details, but it seems to me that it is necessary to better balance the degree of offense and the severity of the punishment that followed. “
The fact that the young Japanese racer AlphaTauri in a very expressive way comments on certain situations on the track on the radio only amuses Berger: “It doesn’t bother me. As long as Red Bull can see that Yuki is progressing rapidly, and his progress is really noticeable, they will turn a blind eye to the strong expressions that he allows himself on the radio. In our time, this was not a problem, because the quality of the radio communication was so bad that it was still not enough to make out!
Emotion is very important in motorsport, the audience needs to feel that the cars are driven by people who can sometimes give free rein to feelings, as in other sports. I’m glad we have ways to make the fans feel this.
With her spontaneity and openness, Yuuki resembles a young Jean Alesi, and it remains only to wish that he did not change. The fans love these riders! “
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