Max Verstappen has been credited with driving ‘more maturely’ this season following his Formula 1 title win last year.
Verstappen claimed his maiden Drivers’ title on the final lap of the 2021 season finale in Abu Dhabi, beating Lewis Hamilton in a controversial finish with the safety car.
The Red Bull driver is known for his aggressive approach but former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer has praised the 24-year-old for developing as a competitor this year, in which he has won five of the eight races so far .
“Verstappen seems to be driving more maturely this year as the reigning champion,” wrote former Renault driver Palmer for the sport’s official website.
“He’s happier biding his time in the races than taking the win-or-bust approach he sometimes took last year.”
“All in all, it makes Red Bull an important factor in the championship. I’m sure Ferrari feels the pressure of not having won a Constructors’ Championship since 2007, despite having come close many times since.”
Verstappen was the winner of last weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix and will be the favorite going into this Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.
The Dutchman leads the drivers’ standings while Red Bull leads the constructors’ standings ahead of Ferrari.