Max Verstappen has endured a controversial month.
It has seen the young Red Bull driver get into a war of words with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during the Mexican Grand Prix, as well as receive criticism over his dangerous driving from his peers, such as F1 legend Niki Lauda who labelled the 19-year-old as “stupid” and “arrogant”.
However, Verstappen has now received praise from Red Bull’s team principal Christian Horner, who believes that the Dutchman’s drive during Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix was one of the most commendable wet-weather performances of all time.
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Verstappen was impressive on a rain-soaked track in Brazil as he moved from 16th position to 3rd in the closing stages of the race after performing a series of phenomenal overtakes.
When Horner was asked where the teenager's performance placed with Ayrton Senna’s at Monaco in 1984 and Michael Schumacher’s at Barcelona in 1996, he said: "It is right up there, you have to compare it to those great moments.
"You don't often witness a motor race like that, and what we saw today was something very, very special."
Verstappen also made a pass around current Formula One title leader Nico Rosberg, who placed second in Brazil, in the final part of the race with Horner claiming this to be his favourite move of the race.
"The one I enjoyed the most was Rosberg! But all of his passing moves - he raced hard with Sebastian, he raced hard with Kimi into Turn 1, all his moves were great passing moves."
Lewis Hamilton won Sunday's weather burdened race, which saw five safety cars deployed and two red flags, to leave him 12 points behind Mercedes teammate Rosberg going into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month.
What did you make of Verstappen’s performance? Could he be challenging the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg for the championship in a couple of seasons? Have YOUR say in the comments below.
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