Max Verstappen Vs. Charles Leclerc: Who Will Win F1 Title First?

Back in 2015, Max Verstappen became the youngest ever driver to start a Formula 1 race, at 17 years old. Now, he’s 21 and seen by many as a future champion thanks not only to his amazing talent, but also the team he has around him.

Until last year, it seemed as though he would be alone in trying to dethrone the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, however, a rookie Monegasque driver put the world on notice while racing for Sauber that his time would soon come too.

His name is Charles Leclerc and he’s now racing for Ferrari.

It doesn’t take much effort to figure out that Verstappen and Leclerc are the two biggest young talents in Formula 1 today. All you have to do is look at the numbers and marvel at their career ascension.

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen

Before his promotion to Red Bull Racing, Max Verstappen kicked off his 2016 F1 campaign with a bunch of solid results, including a sixth place finish in Bahrain to score Toro Rosso’s first ever points at the Sakhir circuit. It was that very same year that he would become Formula 1’s youngest race winner ever (Spanish GP), following his shocking in-season promotion to Red Bull.

He then went on to secure six top-5 finishes in his first eight races for Red Bull, including four podiums. Last year, he finished fourth in the Driver Standings with 249 points, just 2 points shy of 3rd place Kimi Raikkonen and well clear of his teammate at the time, Daniel Ricciardo. He also managed to out-score Mercedes‘ Valteri Bottas, who had the faster car.

For a while, it looked as though nobody would stand in his way as he chased after the greatness of multiple world champions like Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, but that’s clearly no longer the case.

An even higher ascension rate?

Even though he has less Formula 1 experience than Verstappen, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is just as young and as hungry as the Dutchman. In fact, in his rookie season (2018), Leclerc dragged himself all the way up to 13th in the Driver Standings, securing 39 points in 21 races.

He made Q3 on several occasions throughout the year, and had multiple 7th-place finishes during the second half of the season, which may not sound like much if you’re used to winning, but given his age and his car at the time, it was a tremendous achievement.

Another argument in his favor is the good old “Eye Test”. He just looks great on the track, extremely fast and efficient. In the end, winning that many midfield battles against much more experienced drivers with quicker cars is what landed him a seat with Ferrari and thus a chance at an F1 title.

So, who will cross the champ-line first?

Even though both Leclerc and Verstappen have had tumultuous starts to their 2019 F1 campaigns, only 3 points separate them in the Drivers Standings with three races into the season. As of right now, it’s hard to imagine either of them rallying back and winning the 2019 title, but their time will undoubtedly come soon enough, especially since the grid might get shaken up by the 2021 rule changes.

Now, judging by everything you’ve seen and learned about them, which of these two young stars do you think will become an F1 champion first?

more photos...
  • Some ol’ bloke

    leclerc. sorry, max is a bit crazy and in a lesser car

  • margeret

    Everybody has aspirations to achieve but we somewhere get lost in this today’s fast paced modern society. Let’s help to make your dreams come true by helping out to obtain atleast $41000 regular monthly. On-line work that works to suit your needs and earns for you. It gives you versatility to work at any place and get your daily life in your own way. It offers space to spend time every day with people you care about and liberty to achieve all your dreams. This is awkward to rely on it because its very good providing however its indeed genuine. It is certainly not useless or scams but a good opportunity to switch living the way you expected. Work from Home and make funds. Try it out and make that try actually worth >>>> QWE.SE/5Xb

  • Bash


  • Alexandro Pietro

    Only will win British team under the flag of mercedes!!!or anyone else racer…

  • Alexandro Pietro

    The battle Ford vs.Ferrari,was transformed into Lotus vs. Ferrari then Williams vs. Ferrari then,Mclaren vs. Ferrari then Arrived to todays Mercedes vs.Ferrari…WHAT FEAR YOU FEEL OF TO SEE FERRARI WIN,MR FORD!!!

Kahn’s Tuned Range Rover Costs More Than A New Bentley Bentayga

This Range Rover V8 LWB is offered for sale by the British tuner at £139,999.

Tesla’s Norway Success Proves To Be A Double-Edged Sword

An increasing number of Norwegian Tesla customers are complaining about bad service .

Mexican Gov Auctioning Off 82 Luxury Cars, Including Lambo And Porsches, To Help The Poor

The Mexican government believes it can raise at least $1.5 million from the sale of the cars.

The TT Helped Transform Audi’s Image, But Its Successors Never Lived Up To The Promise Of The Original

The Audi TT is getting the axe and we’re taking a look back at the stylish sports car.

China’s GAC To Delay Entrance Into The U.S. Due To Trade Frictions

GAC intended on starting U.S. sales of the GS8 seven-seat SUV in early 2020.

FV Frangivento Asfane DieciDieci Debuts Next Week With 996 HP

The Asfane DieciDieci reportedly has a supercharged petrol engine and two electric motors.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 45 Will Pack Seven Seats And Around 414 HP

The all-new Mercedes GLB will debut this summer and it will eventually be followed by two AMG variants.

Audi Is Killing The TT, Will Replace It With An Emotional EV

Besides announcing plans to kill the TT, Audi Chairman Bram Schot suggested the next A8 could be an EV.

Audi Confirms More Luxurious A8 Flagship, May Revive Horch Name To Rival Mercedes-Maybach

Ingolstadt might revive the Horch name, which has been dormant for a century.

Dashcam Footage Shows An F-16 Jet Pilot Ejecting Seconds Before Californian Crash

The F-16 fighter jet slammed into a warehouse and injured 13 people.