David Coulthard, the 51-year-old former Scottish F1 driver who later became a presenter, commentator and journalist, unfurled in a recent interview with a press agency that the “Max Verstappen era” in Formula 1 might be over, as Mercedes are making a substantial scale of progress, while Ferrari F1 team would likely to learn from their mistakes under a new leadership next season.
Coulthard competed in 15 F1 seasons between 1994 and 2008 and had secured 13 GP victories alongside 62 podium finishes. In point of fact, Verstappen had successfully fended off his title this year, while he broke off a number of records including the highest number of victories by any driver in the history of F1 this season.
The 25-year-old flying Dutchman won 15 races out of 22 this season, while except a short-lived competition earlier in the season with Charles Leclerc, Verstappen’s name will be all over the 2022 F1 season.
Verstappen era may be over, says David Coulthard
Nevertheless, amid growing speculations on whether Verstappen would be able to carry on his form next season, Coulthard said he believes that the “Verstappen era” may be over.
Speaking in the interview with Formule1.nl, the former F1 driver added, “The Verstappen era may well be over after two titles. Not because he's not a brilliant driver, but he may not have a title-winning car in the coming seasons. Nobody knows that in advance. ”