Speaking in his Unibet season preview, Hakkinen said: "It takes something almost supernatural to beat Max.
"He's worked hard to become the driver he is today. Is there currently someone faster on track than him? I doubt it, I don't think there is. The championships have reinforced his self-confidence.
"He knows better how to prepare for the season. He's still young, the team knows what he can do, the team believes in him 100 percent. Max is in really good form, his talent will further develop. It won't go backwards, it develops."
While in Verstappen Red Bull possesses an incredible driving talent, Hakkinen says the whole package is bolstered by the strength of the team, its financial clout and the genius that is technical guru Adrian Newey.
"They have an incredibly powerful system and team behind them. Financially the foundation is very strong, money is not an issue for them. Even though the budget cap is in place - if money is needed immediately for development - or for some special technology, Red Bull has it.
"And once again I can't help mentioning Adrian Newey. He helps Red Bull build the aerodynamics. The team is just so strong.
"Winning a couple more championships naturally brings more confidence, that's obvious."
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