F1 Report - Chinese GP review
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Last Updated: 19/04/18 12:03pm
After an incident-packed Chinese GP, what better way to review events in Shanghai than a debate-fueled edition of The F1 Report?
Guests Marc Priestley and Red Bull junior driver Dan Ticktum joined Sky Sports' Rachel Brookes to review Shanghai with plenty of attention focused on the form of Max Verstappen following his difficult start to 2018, culminating in his collision with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.
Also in the show, the panel debate:
What now for the future of Daniel Ricciardo?
What is Kimi Raikkonen's role at Ferrari?
Where has Mercedes' pace gone?
Watch the full Chinese GP Review Show by playing the video at the top of the page
F1 Report: The Verstappen debate
Max Verstappen should not shed his attacking style despite incidents in all three races so far in 2018, according to the latest edition of the F1 Report.
The Red Bull driver has endured a torrid start to the season with a costly spin in Australia followed by a clash with Lewis Hamilton at the start in Bahrain, and then a collision with Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages of last Sunday's Chinese GP.
But F1 Report guests Marc Priestley and Red Bull junior driver Dan Ticktum cautioned against harsh criticism of the Dutchman.
"You've got to look back at the season at the end and say did it happen all season or was it just two races that happened to be next to each other?" said Priestley, a former McLaren mechanic.
"I don't want him calming down. He's a bit wild, he's a bit aggressive, but that's why we love Max.
"If you look back at all the incidents that went well for him in the last three years since he came into the sport, he's been the highlight of F1.
"He and Lewis Hamilton you could argue have been the two standout characters and the most exciting drivers and we don't want to temper that. I don't want them to go away from China with the whole world pointing fingers saying 'you need to back off' because he'll have it in his mind."
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Verstappen accepted fault for the late-race incident with Vettel and described it as "life lesson", although said he does not believe he necessary has to 'calm down' his driving.
"I agree with him, I don't think he should," said Ticktum, who is currently on the same Red Bull junior programme which Verstappen joined in 2014 before almost immediately being promoted to F1 aged 17.
"What's very good to see is how quick he was to get out of the car and go and apologise to Sebastian.
"The professionalism is definitely there, I just think maybe he sometimes needs to be slightly less desperate."
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