Ex-F1 Driver Tells an Astonishing Tale of Max Verstappen’s Mental Strength at Dutch GP

Published 10/06/2021, 6:51 AM EDT
ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 05: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates with his team after the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort on September 05, 2021 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Max Verstappen, who turned 24 at the end of last month, is in the form of his life. The Dutchman has clinched seven victories so far this season and sits just two points behind his arch-rival, Lewis Hamilton, in the driver’s championship.

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The Red Bull driver proved this season that he can compete for championships after an emphatic victory in front of the electrifying home fans at the Dutch Grand Prix.

Meanwhile, the former driver turned commentator, Karun Chandhok, reveals an extraordinary tale regarding Max Verstappen’s mental strength at the Dutch Grand Prix.

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What did Karun Chandhok say about Max Verstappen?

During the In The Fast Lane podcast, when asked how much Lewis Hamilton has to race his game to ensure he keeps with Max Verstappen this season, Karun Chandhok replied: “For me, you know, the standout moment in terms of Max’s mental strength was in Zandvoort.”

“So, you know, we end up walking together, and the crowds are going nuts. But he [Max] just carried on chatting with me as if he was at the Chinese GP, like he just took the pressure that the whole thing didn’t affect him.”

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Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 Fans celebrate as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualifies in pole position REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

“The royal family were queuing up to shake hands with Max and he just sat there chatting with his mechanics and the Royals were waiting to shake hands with him.”

“It just didn’t seem to faze him and, to me, it was remarkable. I’ve never seen mental strength like that for someone so young. So I do think, Lewis had to raise his game because he’s not had a rival like this,” concluded Karun.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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