Sorry Verstappen 'gave away' a victory

Sunday, 15 april 2018, 06:32 , by Matthew Scott

Max Verstappen owned up to his mistake after a crash in the Chinese Grand Prix with Sebastian Vettel cost him dearly. A pair of overenthusiastic attempts to make up places on track left Verstappen fifth, while his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo took an impressive victory in Shanghai.

Red Bull pulled off a masterstroke under the safety car to pit Verstappen and Ricciardo at the same time for fresher soft tyres, while the Mercedes and Ferraris around them ran on worn medium compounds.

Verstappen was ahead of Ricciardo at the time, but he lost position after going off the track while trying to overtake Lewis Hamilton around the outside before clipping Vettel to send both cars into a costly spin.

Vettel went on to finish down in eighth, while Verstappen was classified fifth after a 10-second penalty was applied and the Dutchman was contrite after the race, having seen his race in Bahrain a week earlier ended in similar circumstances.

"I could see him struggling on the tyres and tried to brake late into the corner. I locked the rears a bit and hit him. That was of course my fault," said Verstappen.

"It's not what you want and it's easy to say afterwards I should have waited.

"That probably would have been the best idea but unfortunately that happened."

Vettel and Verstappen were pictured in conversation in the pit-lane after the race and the championship leader revealed that the Red Bull man had approached him to apologise.

"He came up straight after. He realised that he did a mistake," said Vettel.

"I said to him 'look, the races are long and you threw your podium away'. He was lucky to continue, I was lucky to continue, but it was not necessary.

"I think he got it. He was quite composed and realised that he messed up."

Seemingly most frustrated with the incident was Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko, however, who conceded his star man had given up the victory which came to his team regardless.

"Max overdid it by trying to overtake Vettel," Marko told Movistar. "It was a mistake from him.

"He apologised. That can happen in racing. His time will come. He just shouldn't overdo it. He knows what he lost.

"There was a victory for him on the table, but he gave it away.

"But still it was a very good drive from both our drivers. He 19 or 20, he's bloody young, and it can happen."

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Comments (21)

  • Jamie Paget
    If anyone is missing Pastor Maldonado......... Maybe Max is trying to be the new one. Too stupid, too eager, and he is ruining peoples hard work and possibly championships. Not likely, but what if Seb loses by a handful of points this year? That's what Max is doing. He should be past this stupidity by now, but here he is, still thinking he is invincible, and taking people out. He is just not learning.
  • Jamie Denning
    Yes he would have had a chance had he avoided that collision. Pretty much threw his chances away. His got the ability to win I cant deny it but perhaps a bit too firey behind the wheel at the moment? His only 20 anyway im sure in time he will improve on that. Was nice to see how him and Vettel talked it out after without making enemies of each other.
  • Steve Calvert
    Sorry Max, that you think you have to pass to get ahead of the next car. Sorry Max, that some think you're too aggressive and shouldn't need to pass. Sorry Max, that so many think that passing should only happen under certain circumstances at certain times. I'm becoming a Max fan because he's more exciting than most of the drivers out there. Keep it up
  • Andy Hall
    Max The Bulldozer Verstappen never rated him, don't see what others do and I've always said being fast doesn't make you a great racer, knowing when to be fast and when to overtake does
  • Andrew Starkey
    With a little patience in 4 or 5 laps he could have taken ham vet and bot at the hairpin one by one. The move on Lewis was dumb and vettel driver error
  • Mary Ebbs
    Verstappen is potentially a champion! His problem is the arrogance of youth! He needs to grow up and realise he is not made out of Teflon! Learn from his elders.
  • Jonathan Carre
    He needs to cool himself, his team mate gives a masterclass in tight overtakes, but Max always manages contact.
  • Geoff Taylor
    A foot to the right and he would have made it and been a hero, he’s still young and learning.
  • Alexander Michael Krosigk Kasner
    This guy is an ass. He is fucking with peoples lives being reckless.
  • Joshua Dorsette
    With a little more patience, it wouldve been an RB 1-2
  • Charles Chatham
    That's twice in two races but I LOVE it! Max has the PASSION
  • Vern Hellyer
    He was a, "Red Bull In A China Shop".
  • Peter Simonetti
    Max belongs in F2. Just bad judgement.
  • Christian Schmidt
    POS Crashstappen needs to be banned
  • Jody Harrison
    There's no way to know. Move on.
  • Nigel Evans
    Bloody wantabee driver
  • Henry Alugoro
    Max fuck it up again
  • Mary Ebbs
    No I don't!
  • Michael Karlsson
    Max stockcar....

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