Max Verstappen gives advice to Charles Leclerc: Be patient
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Max Verstappen is one of the F1 drivers who achieved enormous success in a short time. Even as a teenager, it was clear that he was a great talent, but he had to confirm that on the F1 tracks. Two consecutive titles spoke volumes about his qualities, and this year he will be the main contender for the title.
In an interview with the media, Verstappen spoke about Leclerc and emphasized that Charles must be patient. "You have to be patient," -he said, as quoted by f1i.com. "I think I learned a lot of patience over the years," he said.
"I always believed in the project because of how I saw people working and how motivated they were to really get back on top. You can't force it and say, 'We were the third best team at some point and it's like we need to win now'.
It is a process. You get a few people, maybe different positions, get a good group together. And at some point, it just clicks from one year to the next and you really make a jump forward. After that you say: 'Yeah, I saw it coming blah blah blah.
[But] you don't know. I did trust the process we were in, because I did feel that we were heading into something."
Max Verstappen on his team
His team had a lot of problems, but the Dutchman never lost motivation and believed that his team could really fix things.
Patience paid off in the end, and Verstappen is on his way to becoming one of the greatest in F1. "But we had a few years with engine deals falling part, and it was just a bit of a struggle," he said. "When Honda came along it was a bit of a work in progress, but then after a year we were very competitive.
"Sometimes we had quite a decent package but then you lack a bit of top speed and that made it very hard to really show the true potential. "it's not easy" to be patient "but sometimes you just have to be".