One former McLaren driver who backed Norris was Finnish star Hakkinen. Writing in his Unibet column, the 1998 and 1999 drivers’ champion gave his view on the only two drivers capable of stopping Verstappen’s charge at Interlagos.
Last season, it was the combined force of Russell and Hamilton that successfully challenged the Red Bull duo of Verstappen and Sergio Perez. This time around, Red Bull are back on top and are even more dominant coming into this event.
Perhaps the two most in-form drivers, other than Verstappen, are currently Hamilton and Norris. The British pair have a combined six podiums from the last five rounds and have once again been tipped by Hakkinen to worry Red Bull.
"Max is going for win number 17 this season but the way Lewis and Lando are driving at the moment I think it’s possible they could cause problems for Red Bull," he said.
"I thought both of them drove brilliantly in Mexico, there is a real fire in their driving, and if they can continue that momentum into Interlagos anything can happen."
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