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Formula 1 analyst Martin Brundle gives his thoughts on Verstappen and Vettel crash

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Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix was another drama-filled day in the Formula 1 calendar, that saw Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo grasp an unexpected, but well-deserved victory.

This is largely down to an unfortunate crash between Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull's Max Verstappen, which was deemed to have been caused by the latter and who consequently received a 10-second penalty.

Martin Brundle spoke with a disheartened Verstappen after the race, who admitted he should have waited another lap or two before attempting to overtake Hamilton and Vettel, and had plenty of time to do so.

The 20-year-old's decision making obviously needs some improvement, with Brundle describing it as "impatient, flawed, and very high-risk," despite receiving the advice 'don't get greedy' from the Red Bull engineer after the driver overtook Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen with text-book precision.

Max Verstappen, despite still being only 20, is anything but inexperienced, having four F1 seasons under his belt with 63 race starts, although Brundle has advised the young man to be more patient on the race-track and take his time.

Perhaps tone down the showboating and aggression, but not too much, with this being one of the factors that make Verstappen already an F1 household name. Verstappen now knows better than anyone the consequences of being over-eager in overtaking.

The Red Bull bosses don't seem too phased about the crash, or even the time penalty given to Verstappen, saying they have seen it all before with former Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, despite Martin Brundle not being entirely convinced by that.

Whilst writing for his Sky Sports column, Brundle revealed how he spoke to the Dutchman after the the race and during their journey home.

"I spoke with a crestfallen Verstappen on the journey home.

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"That race will be a turning point for him as he could have been celebrating a victory too.

"He said to me that he should have waited a lap or two longer before trying to pass Hamilton and Vettel, that he had plenty of time.

"His decision-making process on how and where to pass them was impatient, flawed, and very high risk on both occasions."

As regards to the crash itself, Verstappen span Vettel after colliding with the Ferrari's right side, with the German frying his tyres trying to turn back round and Verstappen receiving the inevitable 10-second penalty.

Hamilton gratefully gained eight points over Vettel in the title race following a tough weekend for the Brit, which means Mercedes are just one point ahead of Ferrari in the Constructors' Championship, with this season set to be a thriller.

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