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Verstappen must grow up, says Sir Jackie


SIR JACKIE STEWART believes Max Verstappen has some growing up to do after his explosive crash with Lewis hamilton. The Formula One legend was disappoint­ed to see Verstappen walk away without stopping to check if hamilton was OK after his car almost clattered into the Briton’s head at Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix. But Stewart does not believe the Dutchman, 23, who was held responsibl­e by the stewards, was entirely to blame. The smash came two months after Verstappen was concussed following a 180mph coming together at Silverston­e. hamilton was handed a 10-second penalty for that incident, but Verstappen, who leads his rival by five points in the table, will serve a three-place grid penalty in Sochi a week on Sunday. Stewart told Sportsmail: ‘Verstappen is taking longer than expected to mature. Not even to go to see hamilton after a serious accident when you have just driven over the top of the guy is something I don’t really understand. especially when he is still in his car and remained there for a long time before getting out. Max has quite a lot to learn. But who will he listen to? ‘he’s very, very good. he’s probably the fastest driver on the grid now, but to be a proper champion you cannot be entangling yourself in crashes all the time. If I were their team principals, I’d tell them, “For Christ’s sake, don’t do it again”. Just because you are leading the world championsh­ip, it doesn’t mean you are bulletproo­f.’ Stewart, who did more than any other driver to revolution­ise safety in motor racing, thinks both men took unnecessar­y risks at a dangerous spot. ‘The stewards have more informatio­n, but if they were so certain Verstappen was entirely to blame then why does he only get a three-place penalty? If it weren’t for the halo, Lewis could have died, and the supposed culprit only gets a slap on the wrist!’

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