Max Verstappen admits he needs to analyze his approach to overtaking after apologizing to Sebastian Vettel for colliding with the championship leader in the Chinese Grand Prix.
On fresh soft tires fitted during a Safety Car period, Verstappen was showing the pace capable of winning the race but ran wide attacking Lewis Hamilton, allowing teammate Daniel Ricciardo through into what was fourth place at the time. Once past the Mercedes, Verstappen made a late move on Vettel into the Turn 14 hairpin and contact led to both cars spinning, something which the 20-year-old personally apologized for immediately after the race.
Following his brief chat with Vettel, when asked about his race – which Ricciardo went on to win – Verstappen replied: “After that last pit stop when the team did everything right, everything worked out well, I made some mistakes so it’s of course not the result you want.
“It’s good for the team and Daniel did a great job and I just made life a lot more difficult for myself.”
Verstappen spun after damaging his car in the opening race in Australia and then retired after contact with Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain, and after a third disrupted race says he will try and learn from the difficult start to the season.
“Well, I will analyze everything and I’ll try to put that in my knowledge and try to have a better race in Baku. It’s of course not something I’m happy with but those moments happen in your career I guess. I think everybody has been through those kinds of things. Nobody wants it, but unfortunately it happens.”
Asked if the positives of the Red Bull win are that he could consider himself part of a title fight, Verstappen replied: “Well, if I keep going like this, of course not!
“So a difficult start to the year. I think in terms of speed, all good, but I don’t know why in the races maybe wanting it a bit too much and recovering from all the stuff that happened before, but it’s a bit difficult to really judge that now.”