Verstappen’s rise is Hamilton’s decline, says Irvine

Eddie Irvine, the former Formula 1 driver and ex-teammate of Michael Schumacher at Ferrari, has made a bold statement about Lewis Hamilton’s future in the sport. In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, the 58-year-old Ulsterman declared that Hamilton’s reign at the pinnacle of Formula 1 is effectively “over.”

Irvine’s assessment comes amid the rising dominance of Max Verstappen and Red Bull, which he believes marks the dawn of a new era in F1. “The era of success for Hamilton and Mercedes is over,” he stated emphatically.

While acknowledging Hamilton’s prowess, noting that the 39-year-old remains “a very good driver” who “still does an excellent job behind the wheel,” Irvine asserts that Verstappen now has a clear edge. He credits the Dutchman’s youth, speed, and strong self-belief as the factors giving him the upper hand in the sport.

Irvine’s perspective casts doubt on Hamilton’s prospects of clinching an eighth championship title, a feat that would break the current tie with Schumacher for the most world titles. “I doubt that he will be able to win the championship again and thus fulfill his dream of winning an eighth title,” Irvine added, painting a picture of a changing guard in Formula 1’s competitive landscape.

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