Max Verstappen needs to rein in his enthusiasm following his fraught start to 2018, according to Jackie Stewart.
The three-times Formula 1 champion described Verstappen as a “wonderful talent” but added he “categorically has to” get things under control.
“From my own experience, I was terribly conscious back in those days not to have an accident because the penalty was of course much more life-threatening.”
“He has surely got all the skills but he categorically has got to put more effort into controlling his enthusiasm,” Stewart added. “My theory was ‘to finish first, first you must finish’.”
In Montreal on Thursday, Verstappen strongly rejected claims he needs to tone down his aggressive style. Daniel Ricciardo offered some understanding for his team mate’s situation, saying he can expect to be scrutinised more closely from now on because of his recent troubles.
“Now he’s in the spotlight – obviously the FP3 crash wasn’t a small error – but any small error from now on he’s probably going to get a little bit picked apart for,” said Ricciardo.
“There will be times when it’s probably going to be frustrating but at the end of the day I guess it’s in his control. I think he’s pretty headstrong, he won’t let it get to him too much. I understand where it’s coming from.”
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