Jochen Mass: Max Verstappen still has a lot to prove


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Ex-Formula One driver Jochen Mass believes Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is too full of himself and feels the youngster still has a lot to prove on the track.

The 19-year-old is currently in his third full campaign and has become a controversial figure due to his aggressive approach to racing.

Verstappen, who can be backed at 8.00 to win the Singapore Grand Prix, burst on to the scene in 2016 when he was promoted from Toro Rosso to Red Bull in place of Russia’s Daniil Kvyat.

The Dutchman made an immediate impact when he won on his Red Bull debut at the Spanish Grand Prix, but has since failed to claim a chequered flag.

Red Bull have struggled to be competitive this season and the teenager has been forced to retire on six occasions while he has only finished on the podium once.

Mass, who raced 114 times for the likes of McLaren and Warsteiner Arrows, amongst others, believes Verstappen has allowed all the attention to go to his head.

“Verstappen is too convinced of himself,” Mass said. “I think it’s because the hype about him all came far too early.

He was praised to heaven after his victory in Barcelona (2016), but he won with a lot of luck.

“Now miracles are expected of him. Sure, Max is a talented boy, but we will only see how good he really is in the future.”

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