Three-time F1 champion:

Max Verstappen

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According to Sir Jackie Stewart, Max Verstappen still has a lot to learn and needs more time than expected to mature.

The three-time Formula 1 world champion also goes further, stating that Verstappen will never become champion if he repeatedly gets involved in all kinds of crashes. Last weekend, title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen ran into each other for the second time resulting in a crash and this time neither of them was able to continue on the road.

After the crash, Max Verstappen stepped back into the pits without giving Lewis Hamilton a look and checking that he was okay. However, he had pushed his Red Bull over the world champion’s Mercedes a few seconds earlier.

That is not to the liking of three-time world champion Jackie Stewart, the Scot thinks Verstappen should have gone to see if Hamilton was okay.

“Verstappen is taking longer than expected to mature,” Stewart told Daily Mail.

“Not even going to look at Hamilton after a serious accident when you have just run over the man is something I don’t really understand.”

“Especially if he’s still in his car and stayed there a long time before he got out. Max still has a lot to learn. But to whom will he listen?”

“He is very, very good. He is probably the fastest driver on the grid now, but to be a real champion you can’t be involved in crashes all the time.”

Stewart also believes that Verstappen will get off cheap with his three-place grid penalty in Sochi. In such a case, as team boss, he would exchange a hearty word with his driver.

“If I were their team boss, I’d say to them, ‘For God’s sake, don’t do it again. Just because you’re leading the world championship doesn’t mean you’re bulletproof,” said the Scot.

“The stewards have more information, but if they were so sure that Verstappen was fully guilty, why is he only getting a three-place penalty?” he wondered.

“If it hadn’t been for the Halo, Lewis could have been dead and the alleged culprit just gets a slap on the wrist!”

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