16:28 – Max Verstappen’s stunning ascent from karting talent to F1 winner in just over two years captured the attention of the world, as he created a catalogue of outrageous displays, punctuated by on-the-line driving. However, as with many talents, he has hit a brick wall, and not through fault of his own, as GPUpdate.net explains.

In most sports, the upwards trajectory of a talented teenager typically flat-lines, either through limited opportunities, injuries, lack of application or so forth. The response to setbacks often defines a sportsman as much as their pure career statistics. In Formula 1 there is a similar tangent, though a youngster’s rise is heavily influenced by matters outside of their control: machinery.

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