The Belgian-Dutch driver is seen as a future World Champion and might be a major threat this season to current number one Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG Petronas.

Verstappen, who has been with Red Bull Racing for the last three seasons, managed to win races in all of them and also was the youngest ever winner of a Formula One Grand Prix in 2016, aged 18 years and 228 days.

According to his team boss Christian Horner, the 21-year old should be the one feared the most by his rivals this season.

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Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

He ended the 2018 season with two races won, one in Red Bullโ€™s home race in Austria and another one in the Mexico Grand Prix later on.

His final season classification was a fourth place having surpassed Valtteri Bottas thanks to a significant improvement in results towards the end of the campaign.

Verstappenโ€™s form surely was not left unnoticed by team boss Horner: โ€œMax, if you look at his performance in the second half of the last year, was the second-highest points scorer to Lewis,โ€ he said to Reuters.

โ€œI donโ€™t think he lacks anything that they have if we can provide him with the tools to do the job.

โ€œI think heโ€™s probably the driver that they fear the most. I think his maturity has increased; we saw that during the course of last year. Heโ€™s just much more rounded through experience.

โ€œHeโ€™s just more worldly, more experienced. Heโ€™s just in a better place to be able to deal with the pressures that are placed on him.โ€

Verstappen was involved in an unpleasant feud with French F1 driver Esteban Ocon over an incident which happened at the Brazil GP.

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Verstappen and Ocon had a heated confrontation. (Source: Twitter)

The Belgian-Dutch driver was punished for his actions and was ordered to spend the day with the stewards as the Marrakech E-Prix, a punishment which served as a lesson to the young driver according to Horner.

โ€œHe came back and went, โ€˜Crikey, these guys have got difficult decisions to make. Whether you penalise or not.โ€™ said the English team boss Horner.

“I think that was actually a useful exercise for him to see the other side of the fence.โ€

 

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