Verstappen and Ricciardo both clinch awards

Date published: December 9 2017

Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo have won awards after both drivers had an up-and-down 2017 campaign.

Verstappen and Ricciardo suffered 13 DNFs between them throughout the season, but both still managed to have their moment in the spotlight.

Verstappen won two of the last six races of 2017, while Daniel Ricciardo came out on top in a crazy race in Baku amongst a string of podium finishes.

Ricciardo’s performance in Azerbaijan earned him the ‘Best Overtake of the Year’ award in an official Formula 1 poll, beating the likes of Sebastian Vettel’s pass on him in China and Fernando Alonso’s battle with Lewis Hamilton in Mexico.

Meanwhile, at Friday’s FIA Gala, where Hamilton finally got his hands on his fourth World Championship, Verstappen collected the ‘Personality of the Year’ award for a third consecutive season.

Vid: Verstappen’s Orange Army and a Dutch GP

Date published: December 1 2017

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen remains the only Dutch driver ever to win a grand prix in F1, attracting a traveling legion of faithful fans, the so-called ‘Orange Army’.

Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to Verstappen to find out more about the boost he gets from the support of a nation, why they call him ‘The Lion’ and the prospect of a return for the Dutch Grand Prix.

Verstappen: Season finale was ‘very boring’

Date published: November 26 2017

Max Verstappen was less than complimentary about the final race of the 2017 season after he claimed a rather uneventful fifth spot.

The Dutchman was keeping Kimi Raikkonen in range but a battle for fourth never developed with Verstappen unable to pass Ferrari’s Finn.

“It was actually very boring,” Verstappen told Sky Sports F1 in the paddock.

“All the time Kimi in front. That’s it.

“You can’t follow. We were quite a bit faster but this track didn’t give the opportunity to pass.”

Nevertheless, Verstappen has had a strong end to the season and wants more to be done over the winter to ensure he can attack from the off next year.

He added: “We just have to keep working hard and hope that we get some more power from the engine.

“We need to at least be close to the top guys.”

Verstappen ‘struggling the whole weekend’

Date published: November 25 2017

Max Verstappen is not able to put his finger on what is going wrong for him this weekend after another “bad” session at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Dutchman struggled in both practice sessions on Friday and suffered a continuation of that throughout qualifying and never looked competitive.

“The session was bad. The whole weekend I was struggling with the car balance and just not happy with it,” Verstappen said after finishing down in sixth.

“Sometimes you have to accept it’s one of those days where it’s not going to be your day. You are fighting the car a lot. We tried to do the best possible job but that was sixth today.

“I don’t know what went wrong otherwise we would have changed it. We need to understand what it was and hopefully we can learn something for tomorrow.”

Verstappen unhappy with Red Bull balance

Date published: November 24 2017

Max Verstappen has said changes were made to his car between practice sessions which he did not like ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Dutchman was sixth in FP2 and just over a second off the pace set by Lewis Hamilton. His struggles became increasingly evident throughout the session as he ran off at Turn 20 and complained about oversteer.

“The first session was alright, but the second less so, probably because we changed so things I wasn’t happy with,” Verstappen said.

“But that’s what practice sessions are for. We now know what works and doesn’t work so we’ll adjust things for tomorrow.”

Although Verstappen’s weekend has not got off to a great start, he is still optimistic of a positive result come Sunday.

He added: “There were no problems today so that’s good. But we have to improve as we’re not fast enough to challenge for the win.

“I’m not happy yet with the balance, but hopefully we can be closer in qualifying. Usually we should then be even closer in the race.”

‘F1 is trying to kill Max Verstappen’

Date published: November 24 2017

Formula 1 is “trying to kill” Max Verstappen; that’s according to Flavio Briatore who feels the Red Bull racer has been hurt by unjust penalties.

Verstappen, often billed as a future World Champion, is proving to be one of Formula 1’s hottest draw cards as the likeable Dutchman battles fearlessly at the front of the field.

However, his efforts have at times been undone by the stewards.

Last season he lost a podium in Mexico for blocking while this year he was again lost out on a top-three result, this time for overtaking off the track.

Former F1 team boss Briatore has warned that the stewards are causing more harm than good.

“Max Verstappen is the new star of F1,” the Italian told Auto Hebdo.

“He’s doing very well, but we’re trying to kill him. This is completely crazy.

“F1 has become too controlled. It must let the drivers fight more.”

Briatore believes Formula 1 could learn some valuable lessons from MotoGP.

He added: “Motorcycle riders do not joke. They fight wheel against wheel at 300 km/h. And more and more people are following.”

Lauda: Max ‘most fantastic young driver I’ve ever seen’

Date published: November 23 2017

Niki Lauda has heaped praise on Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, calling him “‘ the most fantastic young driver I’ve ever seen.”

It has not been easy for the Dutchman to showcase his talents this season given the string of retirements he has suffered, but he is now left in a situation where he does not want the campaign to end after two wins in the last five races.

Verstappen had been linked with a move away to either Mercedes and Ferrari, yet he decided to extend his stay through to the end of the 2020 season at Red Bull.

But that has not stopped the Mercedes non-executive chairman from declaring himself a big fan of his talents.

“In all my many years in motor racing, Max is the most fantastic young driver I’ve ever seen, no doubt,” Lauda told Globo Esporte.

“Max, at 19, now 20, impresses me. He is aggressive, fast. The only thing I would tell him is to keep his feet on the ground.”

Lauda concluded that if Verstappen can keep his temperament in check, he can go on to be remember as one of the all-time greats of the sport.

He added: “He has a tendency to lose control of himself, but if he masters those impulses he can be one of the greatest drivers F1 has ever known.”