The errors Verstappen isn't making when it matters in F1 2021
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The errors Verstappen isn't making when it matters in F1 2021

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OPINION: Max Verstappen is challenging for his first Formula 1 world title against a rival, in Lewis Hamilton, who has seven. The Red Bull driver made a string of mistakes early in the year, but now appears to be peaking in high-pressured moments just when it really matters. This could be a key new strength in his quest for championship glory

There was one clear chance to get ahead, but no guarantee he’d get another. The move would require supreme skill and confidence, with a heavily scrutinised track limit marker to worry about. Get it right and a crucial grand prix victory would be his.

Max Verstappen got that exact scenario wrong at the end of the Bahrain Grand Prix, slipping off the road right when it mattered and handing Lewis Hamilton victory in the season opener – against the run of play. But he nailed it at the start of the Mexican GP last weekend, where his double pass on the front-row-sharing Mercedes cars was one of the overtaking moves of the season so far.

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