F1 legend Niki Lauda has questioned Max Verstappen’s “intelligence” after the Chinese grand prix. The Dutchman’s headline faux pas in Shanghai was a clash with world championship leader Sebastian Vettel, for which he apologised privately. “That was s**t,” Verstappen told Bild newspaper. “It was my fault but I cannot undo it now.”

The 20-year-old is often defiant in the wake of clashes, but this time around he was criticised not only by Vettel and Lauda, but also his own bosses Christian Horner and Dr Helmut Marko. “He needs to control himself a bit more,” Marko told Movistar. “I have told him that his time is coming but that he cannot overdo it.

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