According to David Coulthard, Max Verstappen is ‘more than ready’ to counter Lewis Hamilton for the world championship. The Formula One legend went on to claim that only the ‘race Gods’ can stop Verstappen now.

This campaign has been spectacular as Verstappen and Red Bull put up a strong fight against Hamilton and Mercedes. The Dutchman managed to claim victory in Imola which placed him just a point behind the Brit in the drivers’ standings.

Hamilton has enjoyed an impressive career till now, breaking all kinds of records. This has increased the excitement among fans as they wait for Hamilton to face an equal in Verstappen over the course of a 23-race campaign this season.

David Coulthard also believes that Red Bull is ‘ready’ with a championship-winning campaign as it heads into the Portuguese Grand Prix.

“They are the real deal in terms of outright pace,” Coulthard said. “Red Bull has consistently delivered a competitive car. 

“There’s no question if you can deliver the lap time in qualifying and then you don’t have reliability issues in the race – that’s where Mercedes have been so strong over the last several years, they have had qualifying pace and they have had unbelievable reliability.

“So the only thing that I think can stand in the way of Max and Red Bull Racing really taking this championship is the racing Gods maybe getting involved in a few things with reliability because he is definitely experienced enough, he is definitely mature enough, which at 23 seems incredible but he is ready. He is more than ready.”

Hamilton has been driving the last four seasons almost unrivaled. Coulthard believes that Verstappen will be responsible for bringing out the best in the Brit. This battle will make or break the seven-time world champion’s legacy.

“I think Lewis has been well served during his career to have, more often than not, great cars. So I don’t think at any point can he go “life isn’t fair, why isn’t my car the fastest”. He has had a lot of that. I think he would never complain about that.” Coulthard said.

“I think that he genuinely relishes the challenge. He generally finds another gear when he’s really pushed. That’s great for his legacy, that’s great for his motivation and that’s great for Formula One fans,” he concluded.

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