Max Verstappen needs to grow up, says Jackie Stewart
Posted On September 14, 2021
Formula 1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart says Max Verstappen must grow up, following his Italian Grand Prix crash with championship rival Lewis Hamilton.
Both drivers were eliminated from the race at Monza when they collided at the first chicane, with the Red Bull car thrown over the Mercedes. Only the halo device saved Hamilton from a serious injury, or worse, when Verstappen’s right rear tire landed on his helmet.
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It is the latest in a series of on-track incidents between the two as they battle for the world title. At the British Grand Prix, Verstappen was rushed to hospital after a 51G impact with the wall after he and Hamilton collided in the first lap, as there were other less serious incidents throughout throughout the year.
This is the first season that Verstappen, who turns 24 later this month, has the machine to challenge Hamilton on a full championship campaign.
Stewards handed Verstappen a three-place drop on the grid in the Italian incident, to serve in the next race, deeming he was primarily to blame for the crash, but the Dutch driver was criticized for walked away from the crash without even checking Hamilton’s performance. state.
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“Verstappen is taking longer than expected to mature,” Stewart told the Daily Mail.
“Not even going to see Hamilton after a bad accident when you just ran over the guy, that’s something I don’t really understand.
“Especially when he’s still in his car and stayed there for a long time before going out.”
Verstappen has been left relatively free-spirited by Red Bull team bosses over the years, who hate to criticize the young star.
“Max has a lot to learn. But who is he going to listen to? Stewart asked.
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“He’s very, very good. He’s probably the fastest driver on the grid now, but to be a real champion you can’t crash into crashes all the time.
“If I were their team leader, I would say, ‘For God’s sake, don’t do it again.
“Just because you lead the world championship doesn’t mean you’re bulletproof.”
Stewart, who led the campaign to improve driver safety in the 1970s, said the penalty for Verstappen was not enough, given the potential severity of the crash at Monza.
“The marshals have more information, but if they were so sure that Verstappen was entirely to blame, then why did he only get a three-place penalty?” he said.
“If it hadn’t been for the halo, Lewis could have died, and the alleged culprit only gets a slap on the wrist.”
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