F1 must ‘celebrate’ Verstappen dominance

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has insisted Max Verstappen’s dominance should be celebrated.

The Red Bull driver is on the verge of tying the record for most consecutive victories in F1 held by Sebastian Vettel and Alberto Ascari [not including his absence at the Indy 500] – a win at his home race at Zandvoort this weekend would be his ninth in a row.

Verstappen is well on his way to securing a third successive Drivers’ title having won 10 of the opening 12 races this term, following on from his dominant triumph last year.

But the Dutchman’s ease of victory is threatening to undo the extensive work done by F1 to create a more exciting product and level playing field with its newest technical and financial regulations.

Part of the game

Speaking on a recent Liberty Media investors call, Domenicali said: “I would say, first of all, it’s the right moment to celebrate the incredible job that Verstappen is doing in that cars.

“Because if you see the other car and where the others are in terms of the gap, Max is doing an incredible job.

“That has been always part of F1 and I would say that this is part of the game.

“I’m pretty sure that in the next couple of years, the technical gaps will be reduced. But if someone is great, we need to celebrate what they’re doing.

“And sometimes I have to say there is also the need to confirm the legacy of somebody who is doing some spectacular stuff.”

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