Max Verstappen might have cause to thank the Formula One stewards, even if only as a backhanded compliment, for giving him plenty to get stirred up about ahead of Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix.
Demoted off the podium at last weekend’s U.S. Grand Prix, and also in Mexico a year ago, the 20-year-old Red Bull driver produced a faultless sporting response at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
In Austin he had railed at one ‘idiot’ steward, language for which he subsequently apologized, after he was handed a time penalty for exceeding track limits while overtaking Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
“It’s a great podium to be on, which last year I think I should have been on already but I missed out at the very last moment but luckily now no penalties.”
With title contenders Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton colliding, and going to the back of the field, Verstappen had a free run and the team’s biggest problem was to rein in his enthusiasm.