F1: “Mad” Max Best Mind His Manners at Monza This Weekend
If Mad Max Verstappen, 18 anni, attempts any more puppy dog aggression with the Ferrari cars this weekend, he will get a rough reception on the track and from the crowd at the Italian Grand Prix.
Unlike last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, which was the closest thing to a home race for the teenage Dutch driver, Verstappen will be on hostile territory in Monza, which is effectively Ferrari’s home track.
There was a high-profile dust-up between young Mr. Verstappen and both Ferraris on the 1st turn in Spa, and Mr. Verstappen then infuriated Kimi Raikkonen with some aggressive blocking moves when Kimi tried to get past him at high speed later in the race.
Mr. Raikkonen angrily berated Mr. Verstappen.
While Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at MercedesAMG remain the drivers to beat, the developing rivalry between Mr. Verstappen and Ferrari threatens to overshadow what happens at the front.
Max Verstappen sits 6th in the drivers’ standings, just behind Ferrari’s Vettel and Raikkonen.
By winning in Belgium, Nico Rosberg moved within 9 points of team mate Lewis Hamilton at the top of the standings. While Mr. Hamilton had to start from the back row in Spa as a result of too many engine-part changes this season, he may be free of penalties in Monza.