Why it’s crunch time for Verstappen

Why it’s crunch time for Verstappen

After hitting the headlines for mistakes at each of the first four races of 2018, Max Verstappen is encountering a new problem in his Formula 1 career. How he responds to his current issues may well define exactly what he goes to achieve in the future

Max Verstappen stands at a fork in the road. One path leads to what he and many others who recognise a brilliant, irresistible talent regard as his manifest destiny of winning the world championship. Exactly what lies in the other direction - perhaps more wins but never the grand prize - is unclear, but Verstappen must turn away from the direction he's facing.

He's always been a lightning rod for criticism, but 2018 is the first time Verstappen has made a sustained run of errors that has blighted a campaign.

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