Max Verstappen has received a lot of slack for his driving at the Chinese GP. The Red Bull driver’s immaturity was on display as his overtaking moves were a bit too erratic for everyone’s liking.
Vettel and Verstappen both had an ugly crash on the hair pin turn almost ruling the duo out of the race. Verstappen had a few other ‘ugly’ overtake attempts too and as a result has become the butt of all jokes.
Vestappen apologised to Vettel right after the race, showing some signs of maturity. Vettel too was impressed with Max’s apology and felt that he had the required acumen to get back on track as a driver.
Chris Horner, the Red Bull Team principal hasn’t discounted Verstappen’s ability as a racer but he feels that he was way too impatient in Shanghai.
His talent is extremely obvious, his bravery and racing instinct is not in doubt,” Horner said.
“His judgement today, he was too impatient. He will have for sure learned from that. I have no doubt of that.
“I’m fully confident that he’s a phenomenal talent and he’s smart enough to recognise areas that he needs to work on and I have no doubt that he will address it. We’ve already discussed it .” he added.
Horner also brought in the comparison with Vettel, who in his early days was referred to as the ‘crash kid’ but ultimately matured with time to get 4 World Championships under his belt.
“I was talking with him after the race, he put his hand up, he’s apologised to Sebastian. He did that immediately as they got out of the cars. Sebastian and I spoke with after the race and he appreciated Max had apologised to him. Yes he’s made some mistakes but I remember when we had Sebastian at a similar stage of his career, it wasn’t uncommon that he also made some mistakes.’
“He will have learned an awful lot from today and put that to good use in the coming races because we have a very quick car as we’ve demonstrated today.” Horner said.