How Verstappen recovered from rock bottom

How Verstappen recovered from rock bottom

When he crashed out of Monaco Grand Prix final practice 12 months ago, Max Verstappen had reached the lowest ebb of a run of errors in the first part of the 2018 Formula 1 season. But a change in approach means he returns to the race best-placed to beat Mercedes

Max Verstappen heads to this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix as the Formula 1 driver with perhaps the best (although slim) chance of ending Mercedes' clean sweep of 2019 so far. It's almost hard to believe that 12 months ago many were questioning whether he really had what it took to be up there with F1's greatest.

Sure, everyone had been made aware of Verstappen's combination of dazzling speed, aggressive overtaking and defensive style, all of which made him such a great racer. But his unnecessary final practice crash in Monaco last year - which put him out of qualifying and handed team-mate Daniel Ricciardo an open goal to give Red Bull the win on a weekend it clearly had the best package - prompted a lot of questions about his temperament.

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