1996 Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill offered his perspective on the ease of winning races ‘by a country mile,’ seemingly taking a swipe at current racing sensation Max Verstappen.
The comments from the Sky Sports F1 pundit came in the aftermath of yet another commanding victory by Verstappen at the Brazilian Grand Prix. The reigning world champion showcased not only his prowess but also maintained a significant lead over his closest competitor, Lando Norris.
Verstappen’s triumph in Brazil marked his 17th win of the season, setting a new F1 record, and his 32nd victory in the last 42 races since 2022. Hill acknowledged Verstappen’s exceptional performances, juxtaposing them with those of his teammate, Sergio Perez, and highlighting the Red Bull team’s provision of what many consider the most dominant car in the history of the sport.
Red Bull’s dominance has been particularly evident, with the team missing out on the top spot only once throughout the entire season, during the Singapore Grand Prix in September.
The recent Brazilian Grand Prix witnessed Verstappen maintaining an 8.277-second gap to the McLaren of Lando Norris, marking the 13th occasion this season where he secured victory with a lead of more than five seconds.
In response to the current state of dominance in Formula 1, Damon Hill shared his thoughts on the Sky Sports F1 podcast. “I think even Dutch fans, Max fans, would want to see Max doing what he does in battle conditions,” he remarked.
Hill expressed appreciation for Verstappen’s achievements but suggested that true racing enthusiasts yearn for more intense battles on the track. Reflecting on his own experiences, Hill admitted, “I’ve been in races where I’ve won by a country mile, and everyone says ‘what an amazing performance’ and you want to go ‘well, to be honest, it wasn’t that difficult’ because everything went for me the right way, and I just had to not make a mistake.”
He emphasized the enduring appeal of brilliant overtakes and courageous moves on the track, citing Lewis Hamilton’s remarkable performance during the Sao Paulo Grand Prix as an example. “The things that you remember, the things that we love about sport, is the brilliant overtakes. Lewis on the first lap, down the outside of Checo, and that was a brave, brave move, and those things are what we live for,” Hill concluded.