One thing is for certain, it will either end in tears or Max Verstappen will force his way to the top of the F1 driver pile – and either outcome could come fairly swiftly.
Having apparently looked rather a numpty at the Monaco 2015 GP for attempting a Webber-esque move (Kovalainen 2010, Valencia) on Romain Grosjean, and ending up face planted in the barrier at St Devote – Verstappen is not taking matters lying down.
The race stewards awarded the Dutch warrior a 5 place grid penalty and stamped 2 penalty points on his F1 super license, for what could be considered as an attempt to mount the French driver – from the rear – at speed.
However, Max is unrepentant.
He took to social media platform Instagram to vent his feelings tonight.
“Was an eventful race last week, showed good pace during the race with some overtaking in Monaco!
“After an unlucky pitstop I was charging through the field before I got brake tested and had a hard crash into turn1!
“Anyway those things happen and will make me stronger!
“Next time we will get those points we deserved… Even though we have a penalty. I know what to do for the upcoming races… (winky smiley faces in abundance #F1)”
Now what could young Max possibly mean?
It’s ironic Max Verstappen is receiving the criticism he is, following his collision with the man who almost decapitated Fernando Alonso and is the last driver to receive a full race ban in Formula One.
The FIA presumably ruled out the possibility that Grosjean ‘brake tested’ Verstappen from the telemetry.
However, Max raises an interesting dilemma.
The new Formula One V6 hybrid engines with their harvesting systems, can retard the speed of the cars far more quickly than an old fashioned ‘lift’ of the accelerator would deliver.
In the future, the FIA may need to consider this fact when the accusation of a ‘brake test’ has been made.
Further, Lewis Hamilton may be afforded some relief as the focus of media attention shifts from his frequent chinnanagins, toward the young Dutch driver; who looks as though he intends to take the F1 world by storm.