Red Bull team principal Christian Horner admits he was impressed with the way Max Verstappen “dealt with some of the difficult moments” this season.
The Dutchman finished sixth in the standings on the back of two race wins and two further podium finishes. However, he would no doubt have challenged for a few more podiums had it not been for reliability problems and a couple of unfortunate accidents.
Verstappen suffered seven retirements in the first 14 races of the season with his two victories coming during the final five races.
Instead of letting his frustrations get the better of him when things were not going well, he got his head down, much to Horner’s delight.
“I think Max has had the benefit of experience and he has just grown in experience of racing in general,” he is quoted as saying by Autosport. “It is easy to forget it is only his fourth year of car racing.
“What has really impressed me this year is the way that he has dealt with some of the difficult moments.
“There have been quite a few of those, particularly in the summer months, but he has kept working hard at it, he has kept the hours up on the simulator every week and his application is first class, and obviously his ability is unquestionable.”