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Cool Verstappen brushes off overtaking praise

After producing a number of eye-catching overtakes in his first season of F1 racing, Max Verstappen insists the moves feel 'normal' to him.
Max Verstappen says overtaking in F1 feels 'normal' to him as he brought a fine first season in Formula 1 to a close having cracked the top ten on ten occasions in 2015.

Having courted headlines and controversy in the run up to his maiden F1 campaign with Toro Rosso after being signed before his first season of car racing had even finished, Verstappen vindicated his reputation with several standout performances.

Scoring best results of fourth place in Hungary and United States, Verstappen's efforts were highlighted by a number of charging drives to negate the limitations of the underpowered Renault-powered package.

With aggressive passes in Monaco, Spa and Interlagos coming in for particular praise, Verstappen insists he isn't intentionally trying to make an impression with bolshie passes, saying the moves are simply 'normal' for him.

“For me it feels normal,” he said. “It's what I like to do! It is, of course, nice to hear [praise], but I just try to be myself and do what I always did.”

Ending the season 12th in the standings, just nine points shy of the top ten, having scored in nine of the final 12 races, the Dutchman admits it is a shame experience held him back initially.

“It has been a very eventful season. Maybe the first six or seven races could have been a bit better, but I've learned a lot and my experience grows race by race. I'm much more confident in the car and know what to do now when I jump in so, definitely, it's much more relaxing now."


Tagged as: Toro Rosso , Max Verstappen

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28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB13
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 2, Helmut Marko (AUT), Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advisor and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB13
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28.07.2017 - Free Practice 1, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 1, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 1, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB13
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 1, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13 leads Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB13 pass with red flag.
28.07.2017 - Free Practice 1, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
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LoveF1

December 02, 2015 5:36 PM

In a way, I'm kind of glad that Max has not been "grabbed" by a top team for '16, the way Checo was immediately grabbed by McLaren after his impressive first season in the Sauber. He needs that second season to bed in, gain even more experience - and prove he's not a flash in the pan. If he has an equally impressive second season or better....then we can be sure we are looking at a definite future world champion! Whether it eventually happens with Red Bull, Merc or Ferrari will be beside the point...

Liam94

December 02, 2015 1:47 PM

Hypoc: Good thing he has his dad to keep his feet on the ground, otherwise he'd be up in the stratosphere with all the praise he got this year.
Its incredible to see someone that young get the amount of praise he has and not let an ounce of it go to his head. Definition of 'old head on young shoulders' is now being changed to Max Verstappen.



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