Max Verstappen’s error-free performance and winning the podium was almost exactly like Lewis Hamilton’s trait of bouncing back with great results when provoked, says former world champion, Nico Rosberg.
The 20-year-old Dutch driver had a spate of crashes since the season started and was under a lot of pressure to change his driving style. But Max continued his defiant stance and refused to change his ways.
At the Montreal race, Verstappen stayed completely error free and got a consistent top of the chart results in the free practice and then won the third place in the race.
Talking about Verstappen’s performance, Rosberg said Max is copying Hamilton’s attitude of getting great results when he is angry.
Talking in his official YouTube channel, Rosberg said: “Verstappen – epic weekend,”
“He showed a bit of Lewis Hamilton attitude to me this weekend.
“When Lewis is angry, he is at his best. He channels it into an unbelievable performance and I think Verstappen had some of that this weekend, so he gained this extra focus from the word go.
“He was first all the way through [practice], great qualifying, and finished third. I think that was a really good weekend from him.”
While Verstappen had a great weekend, Hamilton had a bad race where he ended in fifth place and looked like he lost the motivation even before the race started.
“Lewis – he had one of those off-weekends totally,” said the German. “Okay, he had an engine thing in the race, but even so qualifying was still off. Typical for Lewis – these phases where he loses a bit of motivation when things don’t go well.”