The pressure is on for Max Verstappen, but intimidation is a feeling which the Dutchman made clear he never encounters.

Verstappen was riding a wave of momentum at Red Bull, with three consecutive wins helping him to a 32-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship prior to the British Grand Prix.

By topping the first-ever staging of sprint qualifying at Silverstone, he had actually extended his buffer over Lewis Hamilton to 33 points, but Verstappen’s fortunes took a drastic change for the worse come the main race.

On the opening lap Verstappen dueled with title rival Hamilton as the pair fought frantically to emerge in P1, but that ended in contact at Copse where Verstappen was sent crashing heavily into the barriers.

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