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Last Updated: 7/25/23 5:37 pm
Nico Rosberg has hailed Max Verstappen and Red Bull’s 2023 Formula One dominance as “legendary” and said the world championship leader’s recent performances are “like art”.
Verstappen won the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday to win Red Bull’s seventh and 12th consecutive race, with the latter breaking McLaren’s record that has stood since 1988.
With both Verstappen and Red Bull holding huge leads in the drivers and builders standings – 110 and 229 points respectively, attention is starting to turn to how many more records they can break together for the rest of the season.
Summarizing Red Bull’s performance in Hungary, 2016 world champion Rosberg told Sky Sports F1 Podcast: “Follow the legend as the Red Bull team broke McLaren’s legendary historic record of 11 consecutive race victories. They have 12 wins now, so that’s an incredible milestone.
“And Verstappen himself is driving in such a legendary way. I mean, he’s driving like one of the best five or six of all time, matching (Ayrton) Senna, (Michael) Schumacher, (Lewis) Hamilton and (Juan Manuel) Fangio, and then you start to get stuck. [to think of more names] Satisfied.”
Verstappen’s personal record has made him, along with Rosberg, one of only five drivers to win seven consecutive F1 races, with only Sebastian Vettel, who won nine in a row in 2013, far surpassing the Dutch driver’s current record.
The 25-year-old’s recent form has been made even more impressive by the relative difficulties of teammate Sergio Perez, who has failed to reach the top eight in the last six races and has only been on the podium twice.
“I mean it’s an honor to be in that sentence as part of that,” Rosberg said. “Seven games in a row, yeah, that’s pretty cool.
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“It’s really amazing, such a performance from Max. And I said it in my post-race interview with him – that I’m one of the people who can best judge his performance at the moment and the level he’s reaching.
“And yes, it doesn’t exactly produce the most exciting races ahead. But it’s well worth it because that’s the incredible level he’s getting to, always close to perfection.
“You have to compare with teammates, see where Sergio Perez is. His best qualifying result in the last six Grands Prix was ninth on the standings, can you believe it, with the same car.
“And Sergio is a really good racer, we know he knows how to drive a race car. So Max is phenomenal.”
‘Verstappen must be careful to become complacent’
Verstappen will be looking to extend his and Red Bull’s streak at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, and Rosberg has warned the Dutchman to be careful to avoid becoming complacent.
“It’s a generic thing that he often needs to be careful not to get complacent,” Rosberg said.
“He’s in an incredible flow where nobody can touch him, and that’s usually when there’s a danger of becoming complacent and you lose a little bit of momentum, so he just has to be a little careful about that.
“But I don’t see that happening because the mental state he has is phenomenal and he is very focused and always in that area.
“It’s like art, it’s amazing.”
Sky Sports F1 live Belgian GP schedule
Thursday, July 27
2pm: Drivers press conference
Friday, July 28
8:55 am: Practice Formula 3
10:00 am: Practice Formula 2
12:00: Practice GP Belgium One (session starts at 12:30pm)
1:55pm: Formula 3 Qualifiers
2:50pm: Formula 2 Qualifiers
3:35pm: Build Belgian GP Qualifiers
4pm: Belgian GP Qualifier
6 p.m.: Ted .’s Eligibility Notebook
Saturday, July 29
8:55 am: Formula 3 sprint race
10:30: Conduct a shootout of the Belgian GP sprint
11am: Belgium GP sprint penalty shootout
12:40pm: Formula 2 sprint race
2:30pm: Build the Belgian GP Sprint
3:30pm: REMOVE GP SPRINT
5 p.m.: Ted .’s Sprint Notebook
Sunday, July 30
7:25 am: Formula 3 . feature race
8:55 am: Formula 2 feature race
12:30pm: Sunday Grand Prix – Build Belgian GP
2pm: GRAND PRIX REMOVED
4pm: Checkered Flag – Belgian GP Response
5 p.m.: Ted .’s Notebook
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