2. Max Verstappen — Red Bull
If there is one man who can challenge Lewis Hamilton’s supremacy, it’s Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
The son of another F1 driver, Jos, Verstappen announced himself as a serious talent when he won his first race in a Red Bull seat, the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.
Since that day, the Dutchman has been heralded as a generational talent but he has had to put up with a rear view of the two Mercedes cars ahead of him.
Despite being the sixth youngest driver on the grid, Verstappen has entered 130 Grands Prix, a number that can only be beaten by three other drivers, yet the 2021 season is the first time it seems the Dutchman has a car that can match his ability.
That is demonstrated by the fact that a third of Verstappen’s career wins have come this season and he raced into a sizeable lead at the top of the drivers standings before two disastrous weekends going into the summer break allowed Hamilton to overtake him.
As the season heads into the final stretch, Verstappen will no doubt be hungry to show he deserves a seat at the top table.