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F1 LIVE: Max Verstappen backed for ‘clever’ Red Bull exit as Lewis Hamilton slammed

Max Verstappen’s rivals have been told that the Red Bull driver is not even competing at maximum capacity so far this season.

The Dutchman has won the opening two races of the season at a canter, but Johnny Herbert believes that there is more to come.

He told RacingNews365: “My only little worry is that I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Max this season, because he doesn’t need to show it.

“That’s the worry, that he still has something in his back pocket where he can go: ‘OK, you think you’re closer? There’s another couple of tenths.’

“I think that’s probably the only thing that’s going to be a little bit more of a headache for Charles (Leclerc) and Ferrari, and for when Carlos (Sainz) comes back, because (Verstappen) is so comfortable in the car and they are in total harmony together.

“It is still a very rare thing to see someone so at ease with his driving in the car and we still haven’t seen the best of Max anyway.

“I know there’s been all the chitchat over the advantage [Red Bull] have and all the teams have said: ‘Well, they’ve done a better job.’

“That’s all it’s down to – they’ve done a much smarter job than everybody else, but there are smart people in Ferrari that I think can challenge.

“Can they challenge for the Championship? That’s probably the biggest question but I’m not sure they’ll be able to do it quick enough to stop Max going on to win another one.”

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