Max Verstappen doesn’t but have the maturity required of a championship-winning driver, in line with a System One legend.
The Crimson Bull younger gun leads the drivers’ championship by 5 factors however has been criticised for his position in a life-threatening crash with Lewis Hamilton on the Italian Grand Prix.
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Halfway by way of the race, Verstappen and Hamilton discovered themselves racing one another down the straight at Monza earlier than carnage ensued.
Hamilton was simply in entrance moving into to Flip 1 however Verstappen tried to go him on the tough chicane.
Nonetheless, there wasn’t sufficient room for Verstappen to overhaul and he slid onto the bumpy “sausage kerbs” earlier than colliding with Hamilton’s Mercedes on the tight nook.
Each vehicles had been pushed off the observe on to the gravel and the awkward crash left Verstappen’s Crimson Bull partially perched on prime on Hamilton’s Mercedes.
The crash resulted in scary scenes with Verstappen’s proper rear tyre making contact with Hamilton’s head, which was solely protected by the “halo” mechanism on his automobile.
After the race completed, the stewards handed Verstappen a three-place grid penalty, successfully laying blame on the Dutchman. The sanction means Verstappen will begin three spots under his qualifying place on the Russian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.
Now Verstappen has been slammed by three-time F1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart for not checking on Hamilton’s welfare earlier than storming again to the storage in a huff.
“Verstappen is taking longer than anticipated to mature,” Stewart informed the Daily Mail.
“Not even to go to see Hamilton after a severe accident when you might have simply pushed excessive of the man is one thing I don’t actually perceive.
“Particularly when he’s nonetheless in his automobile and remained there for a very long time earlier than getting out. Max has quite a bit to be taught. However who will he hearken to?
“He’s very, superb. He’s most likely the quickest driver on the grid now, however to be a correct champion you can’t be entangling your self in crashes on a regular basis.”
Stewart was stunned Verstappen solely copped a three-place grid penalty from the stewards, who decided he was at fault for such a severe crash.
“The stewards have extra info, but when they had been so sure Verstappen was completely in charge then why does he solely get a three-place penalty?” Stewart mentioned.
“If it weren’t for the halo, Lewis may have died, and the supposed wrongdoer solely will get a slap on the wrist.”
Stewart believes each Verstappen and Hamilton had been partially in charge for the scary crash.
“It was yet one more expertise of the 2 drivers being a bit bit over anxious to get on with the job,” Stewart informed talkSPORT.
“It was an early a part of the race and never one thing you need to push too exhausting on to start with.
“It’s a circuit the place there is a chance to go on one or two different areas.
“As in Silverstone when there was a collision between each drivers, I feel each of these circumstances may have been averted.
“They had been each too early within the race to be actually pushing in that vogue and conditions the place anyone may have been thrown within the air, the wrong way up, it may have been a really severe scenario.
“It will have been very tough to say who was responsible. The governing physique has decided, nevertheless it was such a weak penalty that solely three locations on the subsequent Grand Prix Verstappen must transfer again. That’s a really small penalty.
“I feel each drivers should take some duty for it.”
Stewart believes the championship battle will go right down to the wire however took one other swipe at Verstappen, saying the 23-year-old continues to be in “the pet stage” of his profession.
The criticism might be a reference to the three events this season Verstappen has didn’t a end a Grand Prix, typically because of his aggressive driving type.
“I feel they (Mercedes) have the perfect bundle in the intervening time, however Crimson Bull have actually proven themselves to be sizzling,” Stewart mentioned.
“I feel it will likely be between each of them. Verstappen, I feel now’s the quickest driver within the enterprise, however continues to be barely within the pet stage.
“On the identical time, Lewis could also be approaching the tip of his profession in System 1, so I feel the long run holds extra within the Verstappen subject. However don’t depend out Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton is a particularly good driver.”