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Max Verstappen turned a three-time world champion in Qatar (Picture: Getty)

4-time world champion Alain Prost has warned ’s rivals that the calm manner and race administration he has displayed in 2023 is a “unhealthy signal”, tipping the Dutchman to get the higher of the likes of and for years to return.

Verstappen was compelled to battle exhausting with Hamilton for his first-ever F1 World Championship in 2021 along with his ruthless and aggressive streaks typically on present for the world to see. In 2022 he was a lot calmer as Purple Bull began to dominate their competitors.

In 2023, Purple Bull have been completely dominant, profitable all however one of many 17 races to this point and Verstappen has not often been challenged, taking his performances to a different degree after slicing via the sector to beat team-mate Sergio Perez in fashion in Miami.

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This culminated in Verstappen clinching his third title with six Grands Prix to spare, sealing the deal through the dash race in Qatar after Checo collided with Esteban Ocon and Nico Hulkenberg with the Dutchman sitting fairly in second place. 

Writing in his column for , Prost defined: “Beating the seven-time World Champion gave him confidence and self-assurance. That first title made him stronger. Since then, he has calmed down. Besides in his quest for perfection.

“It’s a nasty signal for the competitors as a result of I don’t see him leaving any time quickly. The following two years with out regulatory adjustments gained’t do a lot to vary its present energy. And, from 2026, as he’s in symbiosis along with his workforce, they’ll have the ability to rise to the problem collectively and at the very least combat for the title.”


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Lewis Hamilton is but to assert a race win for the reason that 2021 season (Picture: Getty)

Prost may, nevertheless, sympathise with the frustration going through the Mercedes drivers as they proceed to battle for podiums right here and there whereas Verstappen sweeps up race wins week after week.

“Once I was driving, the toughest factor for me was at all times to be excluded from the battle for the Championship. I needed to combat to the tip,” Prost continued. “There’s nothing worse than residing via the 1987 or 1991 seasons when the automobile didn’t let you be among the many entrance runners.

“I believe that Verstappen is identical and that he’ll have the ability to handle his motivation, not as a result of he desires the seven titles of Schumacher or Hamilton, however as a result of he’s able to profitable each weekend and can in all probability keep that means for a number of years.”

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