2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson Button has stated he considers Max Verstappen to be the fastest ever Grand Prix driver.
At just 22 years of age, Max Verstappen has already proven himself to be a formidable talent in Formula One racing, securing an impressive seven Grand Prix victories for Red Bull Racing in his four and a half seasons in the top flight of the sport.
With 2019 showing the young Dutchman finally appears to be getting on top of his tendency to make mistakes at critical moments of a race weekend, former rival and 2009 World Champion Jenson Button claimed he believes Verstappen is now the fastest driver ever to compete in Grand Prix racing - and this is coming from a man who has been partnered with both Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso during his long career in the top flight.
Speaking recently to TalkSport, 39-year-old Button had this to say about his one time F1 rival:
"I think he is the fastest driver that has ever driven an F1 car. I really do. I think he is unbelievably fast.”
Button went on to observe how Verstappen has improved his speed and racecraft since storming onto the Grand Prix scene for Toro Rosso back in 2015, leading many to believe the driver has many more successes in front of him for the remainder of this career in the sport.
"I think he is unbelievably fast," added the reigning Super GT Champion. "Previously to this year he made some mistakes, as you would expect from a young driver, but now he’s doing such a fantastic job. I really do think he is very special."The statement from Button comes in direct contrast to some harsh words recently spoken by Eddie Irvine, the former Ferrari driver sharing his thoughts that "there is no doubt that Leclerc is better than Verstappen. In fact, he is much, much better" - the Northern Irishman has never been one to mince his words or hold back an opinion!
With Verstappen and Leclerc still at the very beginning of their Formula One careers, hopefully with many years in the sport still ahead of them, who do you think has the most potential to become the next big Formula One star?
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