Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material
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Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material

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As Red Bull and Honda go all-out for victory in the Japanese engine manufacturer’s last season of its latest Formula 1 dalliance, Max Verstappen finds himself thrust into a compelling title fight with Lewis Hamilton. He told OLEG KARPOV about his evolution into a world championship contender and why Red Bull's no compromise ethos suits him down to the ground

Even after six-and-a half-years in F1, it was something Max Verstappen had never experienced. Out of the British Grand Prix after a first-lap, 51G crash, he wasn’t even able to watch the remainder of the race, won by his title rival, a 32-point lead shrunk to just eight.

“I was flown to the hospital and then basically when I got to the hospital I had to go straight in,” Verstappen recalls – in an interview with GP Racing – of his trip to a Coventry hospital on the day of the British Grand Prix. “Then you get to like the trauma division…

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