Max Verstappen vows not to change ‘aggressive’ approach – Oh Maxy Maxy Max…
Max Verstappen says he has no plans to change his driving style in response to criticism from fellow drivers following the Belgian Grand Prix.
Verstappen was accused of moving under braking while defending from Kimi Raikkonen, which a number of drivers have raised as a concern. Although there is no rule against it, it leaves the following driver with minimal time to react and it is likely to raised in the Friday driver briefing for the second time in three races.
But Verstappen remains unrepentant and says he has no reason to change his approach until the stewards penalise him.
“The way I drive brought me into Formula One, so I don’t think there is any reason to change — I didn’t get any penalties [in Spa],” he said. “I understand that I am very aggressive in my defending, but that’s how you score points at the end of the day as well — you keep them behind.
“It’s not because other drivers tell me to change my driving style that l will change my driving style.”
Verstappen said he had no interest in going over the events of Spa and would rather look forward this weekend’s race in Monza.
“To be honest for me Spa is done. I think in general it was a great weekend, I enjoyed it a lot — especially to see so many fans coming to the track with the orange colours it was amazing to see. So for me what happened in the race can happen sometimes but I just focus ahead to Monza.”
OK, everyone and their mother, father, brother, sister, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews have commented on Max Verstappen and his driving. I guess I would not be an F1 blogger if I did not also see how much change is in my pocket concerning this matter. News flash: all young guns coming into F1 or for that matter in any of the pro sports these days are going to be a little aggressive. It is just how it works.
Call it the alpha male syndrome. Call it uncontrollable hormones. Call it reckless. Call it anything you like, it all adds up the same way; youth vs. statesmen, something to prove vs. been there done that, does anyone know the joke about the two bulls up on a ridge, one old, one young, looking down at all those female cattle? Is that too chauvinistic? It might be but I think the point of it is spot on.
For the record I was not the believer that everyone else was and part of me is still not 100% convinced about Mr. Verstappen. I am always the last holdout on new drivers, to be honest. However, I must say that it does appear that the kid has got skills and he is fast and he keeps proving me wrong and everyone else right so maybe I should just keep my suspicions to myself for now.
But this I am sure of. (Mad) Max is driving just fine. This is how Lewis drove when he came on the scene and how Michael drove when he came on the scene and I am quite sure how Senna drove when he came on the scene. I, for one (and I say that sarcastically for I am not alone on this point) love the way he is driving right now. Like the real article, on the edge, no fear, to hell with the consequences just make that pass stick or in the case of Kimi, you ain’t gett’n by this car, no, negativo, forget it buddy…
On balance Max is doing everything right, forget the little mishap in Monaco last year when he ran into whoever it was, forget the little mishap this year at Monaco when he ran into the wall, forget all those other little mistakes that dropped him down the order or caused him to retire if that has even happened. Max won in Spain and has six top five finishes, including four podiums. Who cares what Sebastian or Kimi has to say or for that matter Jacques (put a sock in it Jacques).
I say Max do your thing and the more people you piss off the better. Like Seb said, this is not kindergarten and I for one don’t want my F1 drivers to drive that way either. Enough said…