MAX VERSTAPPEN at the moment lies sixth within the drivers’ standings after mechanical failures have plagued his season to this point.
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Max Verstappen is “driving with extra respect” in his battles with Charles Leclerc, in keeping with ex-F1 driver Derek Warwick. The previous Lotus star turned race official says the Dutchman is “not simply throwing the automotive down the within” as he has in earlier seasons.
As a substitute, the reigning champion is “racing correctly” and driving with “extra confidence” after his title win. Verstappen has challenged Leclerc in each race to this point this season however his title cost has been wrecked by reliability failures.
He appeared set to complete on the rostrum in each Bahrain and Australia earlier than pulling out with only a handful of laps remaining. Nonetheless, Verstappen has picked up a win already this season after utilizing very good racecraft to cross Leclerc in Saudi Arabia.
The Crimson Bull star’s new expertise had been additionally on show in Sakhir as he left Leclerc loads of room of their epic battle for the win. It is a full distinction to battles involving Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton final season the place the pair collided on a couple of event.
Talking to Specific Sport, Warwick highlighted Verstappen’s modified character since his F1 title win final season.
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Max Verstappen has adopted a brand new ability when racing Charles Leclerc (Picture: Getty)
He stated: “The opposite factor I like about Max this yr is he’s driving with extra confidence, he’s driving with extra respect. He’s not simply throwing the automotive down the within, he’s truly racing correctly in opposition to Leclerc which for me as a racing driver and a steward is gorgeous to see.”
Warwick shouldn’t be the primary to level out the completely different dynamic between Verstappen and Leclerc in comparison with his battle with Hamilton. While analysing the pair’s battle in Bahrain, Martin Brundle claimed Verstappen was “considerably much less aggressive” than earlier seasons.
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Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have battled at each race this season (Picture: Getty)
He stated: “Verstappen’s defence was agency however particularly reasonable, and with considerably much less aggression than he dished out to Hamilton final season.” Sky Sports activities’ Kariun Chandhok identified the pair had been “very respectful” after their Jeddah duel.
He stated: “They’ve clearly received lots of respect for one another, you possibly can inform by the way in which they went racing; it was clear, they weren’t banging wheels, they gave one another racing room and it was actually exhausting, aggressive racing however very respectful.
And so they each stated the truth that they’ve recognized one another for therefore lengthy and know one another’s fashion, they’re capable of compete like that and are capable of compete wheel-to-wheel at 200-plus mph on in all probability essentially the most harmful monitor on the calendar we go to and nonetheless give one another the area to be truthful.”