Purple Bull’s ex-engineering chief thinks Max Verstappen remains to be “weak technically” : PlanetF1

If Max Verstappen has a flaw he must work on, it’s his technical information – based on Purple Bull’s former head of race engineering.

To place a reputation to the title, that’s Guillaume Rocquelin who was Sebastian Vettel’s race engineer after becoming a member of Purple Bull in 2008 earlier than transferring on earlier this 12 months to grow to be their head of driver academy – little question reporting to Helmut Marko.

Rocquelin appeared on Eurosport France’s ‘Les Fous du Volant’ podcast and gave a comparability between Vettel and Verstappen, who’s now midway to the 4 Drivers’ World Championship titles the German received with Purple Bull.

Verstappen has many admirable qualities, defined the 48-year-old Frenchman, however he feels Vettel was the “extra full” of the 2 racers when he stepped as much as Purple Bull from Toro Rosso in 2009.

“I believe Sebastian was a extra full driver than Max when he arrived with us,” stated Rocquelin, who was initially David Coulthard’s race engineer earlier than teaming up with Vettel.

“On the skilled stage, method, mediation…he was skilled on the [Michael] Schumacher ‘faculty’, who was his idol.

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

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

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

“However I’ll be trustworthy, Max is weak technically in comparison with different drivers we’ve labored with. I believe he nonetheless has numerous progress to make.

“He’s a pacesetter by his perspective, his outcomes. However I believe he can enhance from a technical standpoint and in the way in which of creating the automotive.”

Max Verstappen has sated his “determined starvation” for achievement

Rocquelin sees a distinction between the Verstappen of final 12 months and this, having constructed on his slim 2021 title triumph by stamping his authority within the present season with a record-breaking 14 wins and counting.

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

“He has matured, he has gained consistency. Successful the championship has given him numerous confidence and he drives another way.

“We are able to’t essentially converse of a single set off. It’s one thing progressive. There have been a number of levels.

“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 levels started when he arrived at Purple Bull. There was extra confidence within the workforce, a superb report, he was nearer to his aim. He received a race instantly with us, which allowed him to take a step ahead. Regularly, he received extra races and developed hyperlinks together with his engineers.”

Rocquelin was referring, after all, to Verstappen profitable on his Purple Bull debut on the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix – and he feels that was the beginning of the now 25-year-old’s “period” quite than when he secured his first title.

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

“Then there’s additionally the standard of the automotive. We hope to proceed to win titles. It’s as much as us to make a automotive that matches its expertise.”

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