Red Bull Expects A More Grown Up Max Verstappen In 2019

Despite getting off to a rather poor start at the beginning of last season, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen ended the year on a really high note, scoring more points in the second half of 2018 than everyone except world champion Lewis Hamilton.

However, according to Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko, the young Dutchman still has room to improve, especially since it was his behavior on the track at the start of last year that eventually cost him a place in the top three of the driver’s standings.

“He did already a very positive step by being enthusiastic and concentrating with his testing,” said Marko during an interview with Sky Sports. “Before, testing was a little bit boring for him – he just saw it as a duty. Now he understands it’s very, very important, his input for the engineers to develop the car.”

“We had some discussions and patience is one thing for sure he will show [in 2019]. He also understood if he can’t win it’s important to make points, finish races. Otherwise you won’t win a championship.”

“He’s mature now, he’s still very young but he’s far more mature and he feels happy, all the visibility of the engine, we heard on the radio he wasn’t happy sometimes, and I think both he and the team goes with a lot of confidence into the season,” concluded the Red Bull exec.

This upcoming season will be Verstappen’s first ever without Daniel Ricciardo by his side as his teammate. His place is now taken by former Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly, with Ricciardo having joined Renault in a bid to someday fight for a championship.

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  • Shahul Usman

    believe it when I see it.. easy to say that.. he wasnt mature or even keeled.. starting fights with drivers after the race.. constant pouting anytime Ricciardo did well.. on track incidents

    • LeStori

      Now that Ricciardo is apparently on A$49 million a year and he, Verstappen, is apparently on A$18 million a year, he must be fuming.

  • Shahul Usman

    I disagree that Hamilton isnt great… but the car plays a huge role.. look at Bottas vs Hamilton…wasnt close.. and I think Ferrari had the better car last year.. Hamilton was money last year.

    But I bet in the same cars the margins between someone like Hamilton and someone like Hulkenburg wouldnt be much…

    F1 is a case of situation as much as talent… ask Alonso.. great driver but poor decisions… (Im sure his rep as being difficult to work with played into it also)

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