Max Verstappen ‘weak technically’, Sebastian Vettel ‘extra full’ when arriving in F1, says Purple Bull head

Max Verstappen was much less of an entire driver than Sebastian Vettel when arriving in F1, in response to Guillaume Rocquelin, Purple Bull’s ex-head of race engineering.

In a frank admission, Rocquelin additionally stated that Verstappen, who wrapped up his second world title lately, compares unfavourably on a technical degree to different drivers which have handed by the Purple Bull secure, and “nonetheless has a variety of progress to make”.

That stated, Rocquelin – who held his head of race engineering function between 2015 and 2022 – lauded Verstappen for being “a boss” and maturing this 12 months to dominate the remainder of the F1 subject, profitable a report 14 races with two nonetheless left to go.

In dialogue with Eurosport France’s ‘Les Fous du Volant’ podcast, Rocquelin stated: “I believe Sebastian was a extra full driver than Max when he arrived with us. On the skilled degree, approach, mediation…he was educated on the [Michael] Schumacher ‘college’, who was his idol.

“He requested a variety of questions, took a variety of notes and when he arrived with us he was very thorough. It’s no coincidence that he received a number of titles. He was extra ready technically, mentally.

“I believe Max perhaps had extra pure expertise, that is what he relied on essentially the most. However Sebastian was essentially the most full.

“Max has at all times been a boss. He has huge self-confidence, he is aware of what he desires and he’s very direct.

“However I will be sincere, Max is weak technically in comparison with different drivers we have labored with. I believe he nonetheless has a variety of progress to make.

“He’s a frontrunner by his perspective, his outcomes. However I believe he can enhance from a technical perspective and in the best way of creating the automobile.”

Rocquelin expanded on how he felt Verstappen had grown in 2022.

“What struck me essentially the most was that he has considerably misplaced this ‘determined starvation’ that he had final 12 months,” Rocquelin stated.

“He has matured. He has gained consistency. Profitable the championship has given him a variety of confidence and he drives differently.

“We will not essentially converse of a single set off. It’s one thing progressive, there have been a number of phases.

“He began F1 very younger with nice ambition and maybe not the maturity that went with it. He additionally began with Toro Rosso, who maybe had much less stature and expertise. Then the phases started when he arrived at Purple Bull.

“There was extra confidence within the crew, an excellent report, he was nearer to his purpose. He received a race instantly with us, which allowed him to take a step ahead. Progressively, he received extra races, and developed hyperlinks together with his engineers.”

Verstappen, in search of to proceed his kind at this weekend’s Brazilian GP, seems like establishing an period of dominance in F1, offered his Purple Bull crew can keep forward of the others within the engineering stakes.

However Rocquelin, now head of Purple Bull’s driver academy, stated the Dutchman’s arrival really got here again in 2016, when he received his first race aged simply 18.

“He is at all times had expertise,” Rocquelin stated. “To say that we’re beginning an period as a result of he’s beginning to win titles shouldn’t be essentially right. It began when he received his first race with us.

“Then there may be additionally the standard of the automobile, we hope to proceed to win titles. It is as much as us to make a automobile that matches its expertise.

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