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Max Verstappen doesn't need psychologist after Chinese GP collision

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Red Bull Racing's Dutch star Max Verstappen has had a checkered career for someone so young.

Wins, penalties, crashes, and an ability to raise the hackles of many in the paddock. But, that's the nature of the 20-year-old driver.

Red Bull secured his signature on a long-term contract for the very reasons he's getting it in the neck from some F1 commentators. 

Impetuous? Definitely. Fast? Without doubt? Dangerous? Er - no.

His lunge under breaking that wrecked Sebastian Vettel's race at the Chinese Grand Prix was a little hair-brained and lacked the precision and guile needed, but that will come with maturity and judgement. 

The criticism has been harsh in many quarters, perhaps making up for the fact that aside from a Toro Rosso induced Safety Car, the race was edging towards being dull.

It then came alive, with Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo playing their part. The collective media assault on the Dutchman for his error, is uncalled for.  

Verstappen has already moved on from last weekend's race in Shanghai. 

"It was not my best race, but I don't have to think about it anymore," he told Dutch reporters. "I've learned from it and I'm looking forward."

F1 Grand Prix of China - Qualifying

Much of the criticism focused on his perceived lack of maturity, his aggression, and his race 'smarts', but Verstappen says he's able to learn from his mistakes. 

"I will not be less aggressive, but I will look at a situation better," he said.

Red Bull team boss Dr. Helmut Marko said his young charge doesn't dwell on critics comments, but listens instead to those he trusts, like his father, former F1 driver Jos Verstappen. 

"These are people who know about it and understand how it works. I do not need a psychologist," he insisted.

F1 Grand Prix of China

"Do I sleep well? I always sleep well. I should have done it differently, but if you were to know everything in advance, you could change the entire world."

Verstappen added: "At some point you have to look ahead, so I'm looking ahead to Baku."

Verstappen Senior acknowledged the ill-timed move on Vettel was a mistake Max needs to avoid in future. He also said he'd be meeting up with his son to review what had happened in Shanghai. 

“The overtake on Vettel really wasn’t on,” said Jos. “That wasn’t possible. It was an error of judgement.


“In some circumstances Max just has to think more. I don’t want him to change his driving style. He passed two people at the start. He did that perfectly. That’s what we all want to see. But we don’t want to see these kinds of actions. He needs to have it under control. He needs to think."

Verstappen concluded by saying: "I’m seeing him tomorrow. Last weekend was very painful, but we’ll have to talk about it and analyse what happened in a normal way. This can’t happen. He already knows it, I don’t have to say much.”

Fans of the young Dutch star will have already moved onto the next Grand Prix in Baku. As, perhaps, should we all. He's 20. He will continue to grow. Lightening rarely strikes in the same place twice. 

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