There is absolutely no doubting the immense talent that Red Bull driver Max Verstappen brings to the fold. One could quite possibly term him as a prodigy.
After all, you’ve got to be a really special talent to be promoted straight up to F1 without any F2 experience at the tender age of 17.
Since his debut back in 2015, the Dutchman has progressed at a rapid pace. Many have already predicted that the Dutchman will definitely win multiple championships in the future.
However, for all the plaudits that the Red Bull ace has picked up, there is a legion of naysayers criticizing his driving style on the contrary. This was evident, especially during his first few seasons.
Nevertheless, former F1 driver Robert Kubica is not one of the latter. Instead, the Pole has always defended Verstappen’s driving style and thinks that he hasn’t done anything wrong.
Kubica said (translated by Google), “There were some so-called experts in 2016 criticizing his driving style. But I think he did it perfectly.
“You can race in two ways: one is if you are going for a title, if you have a package that will win you the title. But if you don’t, you take the other approach: take more risks, go for it and he did well. Magnificent.”
The former Renault and Williams driver, like many others, was surprised to see the kind of success that Verstappen has achieved right from his first race with Red Bull.
He said, “I already knew his name because of his successes in the kart. Few people realize what Max has achieved and how quickly he has reached an adult level.
“There was never any doubt about his speed. But how he won his first race for Red Bull in Barcelona, and the way in which, with Kimi Raikkonen behind him…,” Kubica is left speechless.
The young 23-year-old Dutchman does indeed have a very bright future ahead of him. Kubica definitely won’t be the last person to praise the young phenom, you can bet on that.
With the next race coming up on the 25th of October in Portimao, Verstappen will be looking to spring a surprise and pick up his second victory of the season.
But defeating Mercedes won’t be easy. We’ll soon find out what the Algarve circuit’s debut holds in store.