Tuesday 25 October 2016

Verstappen brings youthful exuberance to Grand Prix

Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen (17), the youngest to line up on an F1 grid, is showing the verve and talent that convinced observers he might one day become the best ever.

He's already scored points and, but for engine difficulties, could have added to them.

However his prang in Monaco on Sunday, when he smashed into the back of Romain Grosjean's Lotus, prompted Felipe Massa (Williams) to accuse him of dangerous driving and question the wisdom of granting an F1 licence to a 17-year-old.

Handed a five-place grid penalty at the Grand Prix in Canada and two penalty points, Verstappen argues: "The lap before, I braked on exactly the same spot but Grosjean in front braked ten or 15 metres earlier than the lap before. Maybe it looked like an overtake but I was just trying to avoid him."


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