Max Verstappen says he doesn’t think there are any “more complete” drivers than he is on the current F1 grid.
The Dutchman has come into his own this season, leading the Red Bull charge ahead Mercedes and Ferrari.
With two race wins on the board, and just seven points behind Valtteri Bottas in the battle for runner-up in the championship, Verstappen has earned praise from all quarters.
Even his own.
“I started out quite young, so I think that’s pretty normal too,” he told Dutch publication Formule1. “Most other drivers started in Formula 1 when they are 21 or 22.
“If you look at the entire grid, I don’t think that many people are more complete, even though they are 29 or 30 years old.
“What do I base that on?
“Speed, being constant, how you work with the team: those are the most important things.”
While last year Verstappen was known as ‘Mad Max’, this year the media has dubbed him ‘Mature Max’.
He, however, insists he is doing nothing different, it is just falling into place.
“I do the same as what I have done in recent years,” he said.
“I give the same feedback, I feel it is the right one, and the team thinks so too.”