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

    Max.

  • 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!!!

  • Suge19

    Max, because it would be good for the sport if Asian engine won the tittle

Untitled And Unregistered Honda S2000 Could Be Yours For A Little Under $100,000

The same car sold for $70,000 earlier this year.

Tesla’s Nurburgring Attempt Could Be In Vain As Porsche Set The Lap Record With The Standard Taycan Turbo

Porsche didn’t use the more powerful Taycan Turbo S, so they could potentially beat Tesla in the end.

McLaren Thinks SUVs Aren’t Cool, Electrification Is – But Tech’s Still Not Up To Par

Even though tan SUV would boost its annual production from 6k units to 15k, Woking is convinced it’s not right for them.

Bentley Bentayga Stetson Edition Is An Ultra-Luxury Crossover For Cowboys

The special edition is available exclusively at a Texas dealership and features unique styling inside and out.

VW ID.4 Crossover To Be Unveiled In February

The model will be the production version of the ID Crozz concepts.

BMW’s Fall Updates Include A New Mild-Hybrid System For The 5-Series

Other updates include a carbon fiber roof for the 8-Series Gran Coupe and an M Performance package for the M135i xDrive.

Elon Musk Claims Calling Thai Diver “Pedo Guy” Was Misinterpreted, Emails Suggest Otherwise

Tesla’s CEO insists he didn’t mean the British diver was a pedophile, but his correspondence with Buzzfeed doesn’t help his case.

Ford Lets Journos Drive The 2020 Escape; What’s Their Verdict On The New Compact Crossover?

Designed from the ground up, the new Explorer is significantly improved over its predecessor, but should it be on your buyer’s list?.

Does This Screen Logo Prove BMW Is Working On A V12-Powered X7 M60i?

A BMW X7 M60i could feature the same 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 as the mighty M760Li.

Sith Lords Be Like, “Mmmm” With Kahn’s Custom Mercedes-Benz X-Class

This tuned X-Class sports upgrades inside and out and is basically brand new.