Formula 1 News: Max Verstappen, the Red Bull driver has been compared with the greatest drivers in Formula 1 history. Former F1 driver, Stefan Johansson thinks Max Verstappen races hard than the likes of Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.
Verstappen’s style of driving is aggressive and Johansson told in his blog, “Max Verstappen has taken the Senna and Schumacher playbook to a whole next level.”
Johansson further added, “There is a good code of conduct between the drivers. The new generation of drivers have been driving hard and they go unnoticed as they are not in the front. No one cares about the guys who finish in the fifth or sixth place.”
Max Verstappen made his debut at the age of just 17. The Dutch driver is surely blessed with a great pace. This was the only reason that Red Bull invested so much time in him to make him their number one driver.
And boy did Max Verstappen deliver with his performances this year. He was crowned the Formula 1 champion last month and clinched the victory from the hands of Lewis Hamilton. It was the last race at Abu Dhabi which would decide who will be the Champion and Verstappen gave his everything to seal the deal.
Formula 1 News: Ricciardo and Verstappen clash in the past
The then Red Bull teammates Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were not on the same page while driving for the same team. It was at the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where Verstappen and Ricciardo clashed and the Australian driver lost his position.
Ricciardo felt that his team didn’t help him and his frustration was evident when he crashed into the back of Max Verstappen causing them both to retire.
Daniel Ricciardo told Formula 1’s Beyond the Grid podcast, “I guess there were few things which came up to the surface after the incident. We had touched wheels a few times where it was Max Verstappen coming into me and not me going into Max. I wanted the team to say ‘cut the s***’ but it never happened. I eventually passed Max but the undercut was not that powerful. The uppercut was more powerful because the tyres were warmer. I made a pit stop first and Max came back out in front of me.”
Daniel further added, “I was furious at that time after putting in all the hard work. I had passed him and now he’s again in front of me. Surely you are just going to let me go this time. I came on the radio to say something but my engineer was like you have to pass Max again.”
“At the time of the impact, I was like who cares and the team deserves this. I was not feeling bad or angry that I have just lost points. This was my honest feeling. But now I say that I was more just like ‘f*ck you guys’. I think everyone saw the crash coming.”
Daniel Ricciardo decided to leave Red Bull and he later joined hands with Renault for the 2019 season. Daniel further added, “It was the crash at Baku which provoked me to leave Red Bull. Certainly, the week after that, yeah.”
“In my mind, I had decided that I have to move on. But then we travel to Monaco and there I have the highest of highs and I start thinking I was just being emotional in Baku. But Baku was a tough one for me to move on from.”