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Verstappen and the approach of reason

When the nose shows up with the yellow Pointy and the number 33 in the rear-view mirror, the driver in the formula 1, a queasy feeling. Then Max Verstappen in March, a young Dutchman, who has drafted in four years in the Premier class, the reputation is hard to be a daredevil, one who does not shy away or back: front of nobody, against no.

What did this 21-year-old bruiser everything in the four seasons for Toro Rosso and Red Bull. He has world champion shot down, slowed down, jostled, for red heads, and the curse of tirades ensured that the race be destroyed by opponents, team-mates, the own. And he has arrived. Last year in Brazil, wars, as he took to the Grand Prix Esteban Ocon, who want to overtake him on the track with one lap behind. It was not, both cars turned. Verstappen would have won for the sixth Time, he was Second. He would have let the French in the Force India easy to pull, and relaxed to ride to victory. But Max did not work fall, as he can't just overtake, even from an already lapped drivers. Even if it would have been wise. Or maybe just because of that.

tussle with the "idiots"

It was also at this one of many infamous scenes of the other debt, this Ocon, who was "always an Idiot". So he pushed him, accosted him, rangelte with him, when he saw him at the weigh-in encountered. The international automobile Federation FIA gave him two days of community service. He didn't understand why, and was only clear that he'll do nothing to make him look like a dork. In this Moment demands: There would be many in the sense. Verstappen already.

this weekend the formula 1 turns its rounds in the desert of Bahrain. Verstappen has served his sentence. Where penalty is a big word for what he had to do. In Morocco, he accompanied the Stewards of the electric racing series formula E. He "was not bad". And he is now cleansed – somehow at least.

It works actually, as I made Verstappen in the Winter, a process that his critics had not thought possible: a Mature process. He has traveled this week as a scapegoat to Bahrain, on the contrary, He is Celebrated by his team Red Bull and engine partner Honda. The Japanese has concerned Verstappen to kick off in Melbourne, the first podium since returning to formula 1, and 2008.

third, he has become in Australia, behind the two Mercedes of Bottas and Hamilton. On the way to his 23. Podium, he had Vettel in the Ferrari. It was, for once, without haste, he put the red car and put in the right Moment to maneuver. Perhaps the document used for a change in the man who is stirring up the scene violently can debuted, since he is in 2015 as a 17-Year-old. With the spectacle over the border of what is Permitted and with a unique crowd of Fans. Where the formula 1 is carrying your race, always an orange wall builds up in the stands.

world champion

Verstappen has revived the circus. And he has the tax of Talent, as only a few His father, Jos, 107-time Grand Prix driver, has trained him over the years with a hard Hand, and his son only a few errors. This brings everything for a future world champion, no question about it. Only just: He's overdoing it too often. Vettel is likely to not be unhappy to have been, he saw in Australia, the 33 only briefly in the rear-view mirror before the car roared past him. A little longer, you saw Hamilton, Verstappen drove in the last laps. A queasy feeling of the superior Pilot of the last few years, but had not, he said, "I had everything under control". Only: Who has these Verstappen can handle them all?

Perhaps the question needs to be asked, soon, was the sovereign occurs in Melbourne is actually a harbinger for a new Verstappen, the thought of exactly what he's doing. Helmut Marko, Advisor to Red Bull and the man, the Verstappen as a Teenager, committed, in any case, already at the test days before the season change. "It is a positive step that he is enthusiastic and focused on these Tests," said the Austrian. "In the past, he has been seen as a duty and bored." And Marko announced: "We have spoken with him about it, to be more patient. He will implement it." The first of the 21 steps he has done in Melbourne. On Sunday in Bahrain, the second should follow. (

Created: 30.03.2019, 15:19 PM

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