Max Verstappen is very fast, very young and very confident. He races on the limit, upsets other drivers and cares little when he does. He’s also great for F1, but the Dutchman out of the points and in a war of words with Ferrari rivals after a nightmare Belgian GP.
Max start Sunday’s race alongside pole-sitter Nico Rosberg in the first front-row start of his fledgling career.
Verstappen was involved in a first lap coming together that sent all three into the pits for repairs, following Raikkonen and Verstappen clashed twice more later in the race, including another collision, and the Finn accused Verstappen of “turning when I’m at full speed” as they battled for position.
He also questioned whether Verstappen’s “only interest is pushing me off the circuit completely.”
“If I would not have braked we would have had a massive accident,” said Raikkonen who criticised Verstappen over the radio during the race. “I’m sure it will happen sooner or later if this doesn’t change.”
Sebastian Vettel thinks drivers have to speak with Verstappen to clue him up about racing standards in F1.
“I think we all know that he is very aggressive. That has been already discussed, but we probably have to discuss that again,” concluded the quadruple world champion.