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Verstappen yet to prove himself in F1 – Jochen Mass

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Max Verstappen is yet to prove himself in formula one.

That is the controversial claim of Jochen Mass, a former F1 driver.

19-year-old Verstappen has been highly critical of Red Bull and Renault recently after a spate of car problems in 2017, hinting that he wants to break his contract.

But Mass, a veteran of 114 grands prix and a single win, told T-Online: “Verstappen is too convinced of himself.

“I think it’s because the hype about him all came far too early. He was praised to heaven after his victory in Barcelona (2016), but he won with a lot of luck.

“Now miracles are expected of him,” the 70-year-old German said.

“Sure, Max is a talented boy, but we will only see how good he really is in the future.”

Italian GP: Verstappen pleased with recovery after playing ‘catch-up’

Verstappen says he can leave Monza feeling satisfied with his performance, even though he had to play “catch-up” in the Italian Grand Prix.

Verstappen wasn’t the Red Bull driver taking all of the attention during the race. Although he put some priceless overtakes on unsuspecting midfield runners, the young Dutchman’s race was effectively over when he made contact with Felipe Massa, which caused a puncture.

Having made an unscheduled early stop, Verstappen fell a lap down at the rear of the field but was still able to salvage a point.

“I had a good start, immediately I was between the Sauber cars and then under braking I chose quite a good line, then out of turn two I got another position and it was all looking good,” he explained.

“On lap three I had a touch with Massa and punctured my tyre so my race was really over. We were always playing catch-up. Daniel finished fourth, so I think the car was working really well, so we cannot complain about that. I was really happy even though I was playing catch-up.”

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