Here you have two very quick and very exciting, young guns, going for it and with Max Verstappen in particular, I think you’re looking at a future world champion. What really stood out in his rookie season was his racing. There are lots of quick racing drivers who can turn it on for one weekend, but his wheel-to-wheel combat racing was exceptional. He didn’t make many mistakes… okay, Monaco was a big one when he crashed into Grosjean, but even that was well-handled. He’d said he was expecting one big crash in his rst season: that was it and he got it out of the way.
No one overtakes around the outside of Blanchimont at Spa – but he did. Fantastic commitment; he judged it perfectly. But, I might add, he also had a bit of Tarmac run-off. At my peak I would never have made that move because the consequences would have been grass and a high-speed crash. But he knows the run-off is his friend and he can get away with using it. There’s no doubt he’ll win grands prix and championships in the future.
MURRAY ON TORO ROSSO Now this could be very interesting. With a fine chassis and a sturdy Ferrari power unit replacing rickety Renault horses, the amazing Max Verstappen and the very impressive Carlos Sainz, could even find themselves fighting for podium places. A breath of fresh air!