Max Verstappen retired from 2017 Austrian Grand Prix
Bad luck continues to play against Max Verstappen, he now accumulates 5 retirements out of 9 races. Still the young Dutch driver is a rising star, in his completed races, he managed 1 podium (3rd place in China) and finished 5th place in all the other 3 races (Australia, Russia and Monaco).
Both, Verstappen and Fernando Alonso got taken out at the first turn o the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix. Alonso had a good start up to tenth, taking advantage of other racers poor starts. But behind him, Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat locked up his wheels and whacked into Alonso, pushing Alonso into the Red Bull of Max Verstappen. Verstappen lost control of his car after a clutch bearing broke on impact. Alonso also retired.
Only Fernando Alonso has had more retirements than Verstappen, the Spaniard had only finished 2 races in this 2017 Formula1 season.
Still Verstappen ranks very well in the overall Grand Prix Rankings (considering he only managed to finish 4 races this year so far: 2017 Formula1 Drivers Grand Prix Rankings
In terms of race performance (% of gained positions during a race), Verstappen shines: 2017 Formula1 Championship: Most Race Performance
If you want to look at the raw pace (qualifying), the comparison here: 2017 F1 Comparison: Ricciardo versus Verstappen shows that Verstappen continues to edge his most experienced teammate (Daniel Ricciardo) but of course, Ricciardo has indeed managed to finish more races for Red Bull.
We hope the best moving forward for Max Verstappen, as we think he eventually will become an F1 Champion!
Posted on July 09, 2017