In the grand scheme of things, 2015 hasn’t been a classic season for Formula One. One team dominant, off-track squabbling, and little in the way of daredevil overtaking. One man, or boy rather, who has thrown that last one into doubt all season along is Max Verstappen, and the boy wonder did it again this weekend in Brazil.
His dad may well be more associated with Interlagos for his infamous crash with Juan Pablo Montoya in 2001, however Max’s so-far-brief history with the circuit is highlighted by a series of stunning overtakes that helped Lil’ Max on his way to 10th come the chequered flag.
Verstappen’s weekend started in fine fettle, with the Dutchman going 8th fastest in FP1, before setting the 14th and 10th fastest times in FP2 and FP3 respectively. When Qualifying reared it’s head on Saturday afternoon, Verstappen continued to impress by squeezing his Toro Rosso into Q3 and ultimately 10th on the grid.
When the flag dropped on Sunday Verstappen certainly didn’t, with the 18-year-old making a strong start to remain inside the top ten in the build up to the first round of pit stops. A good performance by the boys from Faenza saw Max stationary for just 2.3 seconds at his first stop, however car no.33’s finest hour was yet to come.
Lap 33 saw Verstappen do what Lewis Hamilton couldn’t; overtake. Pulling to the outside of Sergio Perez into the braking zone at the top of the Senna S, V-Max hung it out around the outside and bullying his way through come the end of the complex. Quite the move by quite the talent.
Several laps and angry radio calls later, Max did it again in the face of an underpowered Renault powerunit- this time around the outside of home-hero Felipe Nasr. Different driver, same skill.
That move, coupled with a late lunge on Pastor Maldonado, this time on the INSIDE into Turn One, earned Verstappen a hard-fought 10th, and the respect of a paddock watching in awe.
Well done Max, you’re our Top Dog for Brazil!