VERSTAPPEN WARNED AF­TER CRASH WITH VET­TEL

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LON­DON — Max Verstappen’s fa­ther Jos has ad­vised the Red Bull driver to think more care­fully af­ter his re­cent botched over­tak­ing ma­noeu­vres drew crit­i­cism and calls to calm down.

The 20-year-old Dutch­man was handed a 10-sec­ond penalty in Sun­day’s Chi­nese Grand Prix for col­lid­ing with Fer­rari’s cham­pi­onship leader Se­bas­tian Vet­tel, send­ing both cars spin­ning.

“That wasn’t pos­si­ble,” for­mer racer Jos told Dutch ca­ble TV sta­tion Ziggo of the rash move. “It was an er­ror of judge­ment. In some cir­cum­stances Max just has to think more.

“I don’t want him to change his driv­ing style. He passed two peo­ple at the start. He did that per­fectly. That’s what we all want to see.

“But we don’t want to see these kinds of ac­tions. He needs to have it un­der con­trol. He needs to think.”

Verstappen also lost ground when he tried and failed to pass Mercedes’ world champion Lewis Hamil­ton, with whom he had tan­gled in Bahrain a week ear­lier.

Verstappen had to re­tire from the race af­ter that in­ci­dent. He might have won in China had he been less im­pa­tient, with vic­tory go­ing in­stead to Aus­tralian team-mate Daniel Ric­cia­rdo who pulled it off with a series of thrilling over­takes.

“He messed up, took out the world cham­pi­onship leader and his team-mate won it in an in­cred­i­ble way,” com­mented 2016 world champion Nico Ros­berg on Sky Sports tele­vi­sion.

“This is go­ing to be a tough les­son ... “But he’s an in­cred­i­ble driver,” he said.

— Reuters.

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