Frederic Vasseur Makes Negative Max Verstappen Prediction as Dutch Driver Sent Warning

Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur shared his insights on Max Verstappen’s exceptional performance during the 2023 Formula 1 season. While acknowledging Verstappen’s stellar achievements, Vasseur expressed his belief that the Dutch driver might be prone to mistakes if faced with significant pressure in the future.

“I think it is not sure that someone has a doubt on this; he did a mega season,” Vasseur remarked, highlighting Verstappen’s remarkable success with a commanding lead of 290 points.

Verstappen’s dominance was such that Red Bull could have clinched the Constructors’ Championship based solely on his individual points. Vasseur credited Sergio Perez for occasionally applying pressure on Verstappen, particularly in the opening rounds of the season.

“He was fighting with Checo in the first two or three events, and then he was on another planet,” Vasseur noted, emphasizing the gap in performance during those early races.

Ferrari, as a competitor, managed to challenge Verstappen in only a couple of races, specifically in Singapore and Las Vegas, the latter being the scene of a collision between Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

“I think we are getting a bit closer to him. I don’t want to say putting him under pressure because it is not true,” Vasseur commented on Ferrari’s progress.

Despite Verstappen’s near-flawless season, Vasseur believes there is room for improvement and that pressure could be a factor in potential mistakes. He expressed confidence in Ferrari’s ability to close the gap and capitalize on Verstappen’s errors when the opportunity arises.

“There is no doubt about the fact that he was dominating all the season, and the only issue for us is that, as everybody, he will do more mistakes when he will be under pressure,” Vasseur explained.

While acknowledging Verstappen’s incredible season, Vasseur remains optimistic about Ferrari’s chances in the upcoming seasons and their potential to challenge the Red Bull star.

“But nobody was able to put him under pressure this season except us at the last two or three events, or except Carlos in Singapore,” Vasseur concluded, reflecting on the moments when Verstappen showed vulnerability. “And it’s where he started to do some mistakes, or perhaps Red Bull did some mistakes in terms of set-up. We were too far away to put this kind of pressure on them.”