Former Formula One World Champion Mika Hakkinen says that Red Bull currently have the best package in F1 despite Ferrari having a faster car.
Max Verstappen was able to secure his sixth win of the season last weekend in Canada as he was able to fend off pressure from Carlos Sainz during the final few laps of the race. This meant that Verstappen currently leads the driver’s standings and has a 49-point advantage over Charles Leclerc, who is in the third spot.
Former World Champion Hakkinen commented in his column for Unibet that Red Bull currently have the best package to attack the Championships and is simply too strong at the moment for the rest. However, the Finnish racing legend pointed out that the only potential problem for the Milton Keyes-based team could be their reliability issues.
“We did not have any doubt that Max is in control of the championship before the weekend and the result in Montreal confirms that Red Bull’s package is simply too strong at the moment.”
“They have straight-line speed, good balance, and a car that Max can clearly work with on every type of circuit. Montreal is the kind of circuit where you need a little bit of everything good confidence under braking and low-speed performance, but strong traction for the straights where you can overtake and Max’s car looked brilliant everywhere.”
The only problem for Red Bull appears to be reliability. Once again we saw an issue in the race for Checo Perez.”
“That must have made the team nervous on a day when Max really needed to take advantage of Leclerc starting from the back of the grid, so the great result will have been a relief for them. Reliability seems to be the only thing Max, Checo [Perez]and the team needs to worry about,” said Hakkinen.
The former World Champion continued by saying that Ferrari can still challenge Red Bull for the Championships if they can get on top of their reliability issues. He also said that the Italian team would need some luck and hope that Verstappen would run into trouble.
“Ferrari has a quick car but it’s fragile. Team boss Mattia Binotto is right to say that it’s better to have a fast car with some reliability issues than a slow car which finishes.”
“If the team can get on top of their reliability problems, Charles and Carlos can definitely challenge Red Bull again, although that 49-point gap between Max and Charles is not going to be easy to close down.”
“Not only do Ferrari need to win some races, they also need Max to hit trouble,” said Hakkinen.