Max Verstappen's glowing second half of the Formula 1 season was enough to see him end 2018 as the grid's top performer – perhaps even ahead of champion Lewis Hamilton – according to the Mercedes man's former teammate and rival Nico Rosberg.
Verstappen spilled points as a result of driving errors in five of the opening six races of the season -matters coming to a head when a practice crash in Monaco denied him the chance to compete in a race that Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo won in dominant fashion.
However, the Dutchman responded superbly, taking to the podium in 10 of the subsequent 15 races and showing the kind of performances that have billed him a champion-in-waiting.
Rosberg was among those critical of Verstappen in the early months of the campaign, but hailed his stunning turnaround.
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