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How Verstappen finessed his 'rage to win'

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How Verstappen finessed his 'rage to win'
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Feb 5, 2019, 12:43 PM

Is Max Verstappen headed for greatness, or is he on a collision course with frustrated ambition? Right now, it's a question without an answer - or with two possible answers, from two possible futures.

First let's consider the Verstappen who had incidents in every one of the first six races of 2018 and who, at the end of the year, was still disputing the fairness of a penalty he had received for driving Valtteri Bottas off track at Monza. The same Verstappen who threw away certain victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix by colliding with a backmarker, and then shoving Esteban Ocon in the pits afterwards.

But on the other hand, there is the man who took two beautifully judged wins in Austria and Mexico, one of them after utterly dominating the entire race weekend, who scored podium finishes in the final five races, and just missed out on finishing third in the championship despite that error-strewn first portion of the year.

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