Juan Pablo Montoya offers prediction for Max Verstappen v Charles Leclerc at Miami Grand Prix

Verstappen & Leclerc

Former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya says he is intrigued to see how Charles Leclerc performs this weekend after his mistake in Imola, and believes that Max Verstappen could be hard to beat if he maintains his form.

The Miami Grand Prix makes its debut this weekend and many are excited to see just who is going to get themselves out in front early on and master this new circuit.

It’s the latest stage for the likes of Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc to showcase their title credentials, too, and Montoya is looking forward to seeing how it plays out.

Speaking to Vegas Insider, he said:

“It will be interesting to see what Charles does after the mistake last week if he keeps committing and everything works great or if he goes down a notch on performance just to be cautious and not make a mistake. If you do that, then you’ll put yourself in a bad situation, because you take performance away.

“I find it quite intriguing right now, because if you look at Max, he looked really comfortable the first couple of races, then he wasn’t really there.

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – MARCH 27: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing and Second placed Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari talk in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 27, 2022 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“If you look at the Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia, for Checo to beat him, and no disrespect to him, it’s surprising. I don’t think anybody expected it. Especially with what we have seen before.

“But if you look at the Max Verstappen that showed up halfway through the sprint race in Imola and on Sunday, that guy, with that car, they are going to struggle to beat.”

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