Honda’s Masashi Yamamoto has predicted that Max Verstappen will win three of the final six races of the 2021 campaign.
While Verstappen’s team will be the favourite in the higher altitudes of Mexico and Brazil, Mercedes have enjoyed more success in America and Abu Dhabi in the past, while the two new tracks in Qatar and Saudi Arabia are unknown quantities, but also arguably favour the German team going by the layout.
Yamamoto, Honda’s managing director, thinks the 24-year-old can prevail in Abu Dhabi as well as Mexico City and Sao Paulo though.
“I guess Max wants to keep the lead especially after the races in Mexico and Brazil,” he told as-web.jp as per Formula Passion.
“And overall I think we’ll be able to get three more wins: in addition to the races just mentioned, I think we’ll be able to get success in Abu Dhabi.
“I don’t want to say anything about Qatar and Saudi Arabia because we don’t know them yet.”
I’m very pleased with P2️⃣! It was not easy to manage the tyres the whole race, but we maximized the result. Together with @SChecoPerez on the podium caps off a good day for the team 🤜🤛 #KeepPushing #TurkishGP 🇹🇷 pic.twitter.com/a1n9a9nEMB
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) October 10, 2021
Verstappen took the lead of the standings last time out in Turkey, finishing in P2 while Hamilton could only cross the line in P5.
The seven-time World Champion struggled to overtake the AlphaTauri of Yuki Tsunoda early on before being fought off by the Red Bull of Sergio Perez soon afterwards.
Yamamoto was impressed by both, as well as Pierre Gasly who finished just behind Hamilton.
“It was a race in which the three [other] Hondas worked as a team to help Verstappen achieve his second place,” he said.
“All four of them, overall, did a great job, starting with Tsunoda and then moving on to Perez and Gasly: they all managed to put pressure on Hamilton.
“To finish with two drivers on the podium was a great result, and to see them celebrating with the Japanese flag-inspired suit was particularly exciting.
“Specifically. I’d like to pay my compliments to Tsunoda; he held off Lewis for eight laps, while everyone else gave up within a lap. He didn’t make any incorrect moves, and it was a shame he spun on lap 22.
“Perez was also impressive in the way he reacted to Hamilton himself, then got past [Charles] Leclerc to secure third place.”