Maldonado: "Media were too strict for Verstappen in the beginning"
By Tomas Mota 10 mei 2020 | 11:50
Former Formula 1 driver Pastor Maldonado believes that Max Verstappen is the best driver of his generation. In an interview with Italian Motorsport, the Venezuelan has many positive words for the Dutchman.
The two shared the grid in 2015 and competed regularly, including in Monaco and Austria. At the time, Verstappen was only seventeen and received frequent criticism from the media. Not always justified according to Maldonado. "I think the media was a bit too strict for him in the beginning. It is normal for a boy who is already driving in Formula 1 at the age of eighteen to make mistakes. What is not normal is his speed and what he has achieved so far."
Such a thing is not strange according to the single race winner. Young drivers who have an impact on the sport, but who also sometimes make mistakes, can more often count on criticism. "I remember that even Hamilton when he just entered Formula 1 made many mistakes and everyone spoke negatively about him. If you put your head above ground level, it is normal for criticism to come."
"You should give him a little more time"
Verstappen is, according to the former Williams and Lotus driver, above all a very talented driver, who can certainly learn a thing or two. "Not only as a driver but also as a person. So you have to give him a little more time", he says. "But if I have to choose someone from the new generation, I think he's the strongest. Look at his results", said Maldonado, citing the Red Bull Racing team duel between Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo as an example. (photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)
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