Damon Hill believes that Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing are on another level comparing to the rest of the grid.
After the first nine races of the 2021 Formula 1 season, Red Bull Racing looks to be the strongest team in the field with six race wins. The team leader Max Verstappen also looks to be the favorite for the title with five race wins so far. The 1996 world champion Hill is sure that they are on a higher level than anyone else at the moment.
“He’s [Verstappen] in another class but so is the team [Red Bull]. That car is absolutely brilliant. Sergio is getting a bit closer and inching his way up, but the car isn’t doing all the work. It’s his [Verstappen’s] natural ability,” he said on the F1 Nation podcast.
Hill is also amazed at the fact that the Milton Keynes-based team does not use 100% of its efforts to beat Mercedes on race weekends.
“I thought Red Bull are getting to the point now where they’re not showing their hand or their advantage unless it’s absolutely necessary and their advantage in the race was huge. He [Verstappen] could have fit in another pit stop over Mercedes,” he added.
“Who would have said that a few races back, that Red Bull will be able to get to the end of the race and have a free pit stop just to get the fastest lap.”