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Max Verstappen "drives too aggressively" - Niki Lauda

  • Published on 31 Oct 2016 10:45
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  • By: Dominik Wilde

Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda had some strong words to say about Max Verstappen following the Mexican Grand Prix.

The young Dutchman made contact with Nico Rosberg on the opening lap that luckily didn't cost the championship leader too much.

But three-time champion Lauda was all too aware of the possible implications of the incident.

"Nico was clearly in front," he said. "And Verstappen then rams him off the track. This could have cost Nico the championship. It is not acceptable.

"It's Verstappen's fault. He drives too aggressively. At some point, he has to realise it," he added.

Lauda also weighed in on the penalty applied to the Red Bull driver after the conclusion of the race.

Verstappen was hit with a five second penalty after leaving the track and maintaining position, and despite calls for Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton to receive punishment for a similar incident on the opening lap, Lauda insists the stewards made the right call.

"That was a just and right decision," he said. "A repeat offender like him has to be penalised."

"Helmut Marko (Red Bull's driver adviser) should talk to him. If he didn't drive that aggressively, he would develop much better," he added. "His talent is unbelievable, but then he smashes it all with these stupid actions."

"He doesn't realise -? he thinks he is doing everything right, but he doesn't. He has to calm down."

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  • What did Max in the first corner what Lewis and Nico haven't done this season several times? Max has an agressieve racing style, I fully agree, it will definitly go wrong in some cases, but the fact is that it works for now. He is with Ricciardo the only one who can put pressure on the Mercedes guys and now Niki tells that he should not do that? Let them race, your guys have done exactly the same in the first half of the season.

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