Max Verstappen has committed to taking a step back amid a firestorm of criticism. F1 legend Niki Lauda questioned his “intelligence”, and even Verstappen’s father and mentor Jos said the ill-fated move on Sebastian Vettel in China was “clearly poor judgement”.
Verstappen, 20, is renowned for his exciting and aggressive driving style, but now in his fourth year of formula one, some believe he should “calm down”. “Maybe I should not calm down, but oversee the situation a bit more,” Verstappen admitted. “I don’t think I necessarily need to be less aggressive, but maybe I am just wanting it too much.