Why Verstappen has felt out of place in F1 2020

Max Verstappen has been the only threat to Mercedes in another season of dominance for F1's unstoppable team. But it's still not been the most rewarding for the Dutch star. In this video Scott Mitchell looks at why Verstappen has felt like a "third wheel" up against Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, and how his forgettable visits to Italy this season have derailed his chances of muscling in on the party for the black cars at the top of the standings.
Verstappen's Italy hoodoo
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  1. Stan De Vette

    Stan De Vette

    13 dagen geleden

    Your comments about the turkey gp are false btw. After pitting he had a i thought 7 degree difference between his left and right frontwings. The next pitstop made it even worse. When he was behind Perez he wasn’t looking for an overtake, you can actually by the fact he moved out of the slipstream, halfway through the turn he suffered some understeer after which he ended up on the green and very slippery part next to the track, resulting in a spin. The fact Perez made a small mistake on the exit didn’t help either

  2. jay schoeller

    jay schoeller

    17 dagen geleden


  3. Googlar


    Maand geleden

    He was not a "clear third best" behind Bottas. The fight for second place came down to the final race of the season, and Verstappen finished only 9 points behind.

  4. Mac fl

    Mac fl

    Maand geleden

    All he needs is a better car and nothibg else.I hope that RedBul can somehow improve the car for next year but not so sure!

  5. oisin reynolds

    oisin reynolds

    Maand geleden

    Aged milk ?😂

  6. PidgeyRot


    Maand geleden

    On their rare offdays? Or max was just better that day. Just cuz he finished ahead of them doesnt suddenly mean they had a offday. they were beaten.

  7. TheNecromancer6666


    Maand geleden

    Verstappen was the best driver this season. I mean we have seen in Sakhir that every driver on the grid would have been Champion in the Mercedes.

  8. Joe Felony

    Joe Felony

    Maand geleden

    Imagine the fear in Lewis fanboys if Verstappen would join him in Mercedes😂

  9. Bilbo Swaggins

    Bilbo Swaggins

    Maand geleden

    Controversial take ; Max Verstappen may very well be the most talented driver on the grid. I used to dislike the guy, a lot in fact.. He was too hot headed, impatient, and often flat out dangerous. However over 2019, and 2020 season he's matured so much.. I've actually began rooting for him a little bit. Now another controversial one ; is the Redbull car truly the second fastest on the grid? Or is it Max's outright talent taking that car to the next level? When drivers such as Alex Albon, and Pierre Gasly cannot push the performance out of that car, but Max does so every weekend, I might not sound like a total lunatic after all.

  10. Thijs van der Linden

    Thijs van der Linden

    Maand geleden

    I'd say he's in a bit of a similar situation as Alonso has been at Ferrari, a very quick driver, but the car is just nog good enough for the title. Fernando was also a great consistent podium scorer

  11. Rocky Slay

    Rocky Slay

    Maand geleden

    Oh well, at least Max knows he is the fastest but not his car. Finishing 3rd overall while he lost around a 100 points is not too bad. And still he is making around $25 million per year. You noticed a switch in his attitude this year. In the beginning super focussed but when his car start to let him down he switched to "Just gonna have some fun and don't need to worry about anything anymore". Max is so relaxed when he's being interviewed haha

  12. Robert Thomas

    Robert Thomas

    Maand geleden

    Yet again far to many mistakes... He could of slowed down to make the corner but instead kept his foot planted... Remember Red Bull getting the Mercedes engine mode (party mode) cancelled????? If anything it's kind of backfired.... You rarely see Lewis Hamilton mess up like Mad Max... He's a class act, love Max.... But sometimes I just wonder......

  13. G. Fledderus

    G. Fledderus

    Maand geleden

    Wel you didn't do good research. If you know max then you know he is only going for p1. Second or third doesn't matter to him. And as we did see in the last race..... It's the best car that wins the world championship.

  14. Luis


    Maand geleden

    He is clearly outperforming his car to an extent that he also makes the Mercedes to be faster because of how much a threat he is to them every weekend. Give him what Seb had in his Red bull days and you'll see that guy dominate just like Seb did with Red Bull believe me.

  15. Nixer Doyle

    Nixer Doyle

    Maand geleden

    Max needs failure. His time in F1 has been marked by his sense of entitlement.

  16. omega


    Maand geleden

    Give this man a Merc

  17. Vincent Ras

    Vincent Ras

    Maand geleden

    The only time Lewis mentions other drivers during the race, it’s always Max.

    • Kevin Laguna

      Kevin Laguna

      26 dagen geleden

      @Doncamatic think team orders get thru to Hamilton? Even verstappen would fight team orders

    • Doncamatic


      26 dagen geleden

      @Kevin Laguna i wouldn't want to see a rivalry start only to be ruined by team order after team order though

    • Kevin Laguna

      Kevin Laguna

      26 dagen geleden

      @Doncamatic I couldn't agree more seeing these two on a same team would be so interesting

    • Doncamatic


      Maand geleden

      Lewis fans love to shit on max. And max fans love to shit on lewis. But those two know eachothers talent and respect it.

    • Pop Smoke

      Pop Smoke

      Maand geleden

      so true. Lewis know how good max is

  18. Garth


    Maand geleden

    He's way better than Valtteri and nipping on the heels of Lewis. He needs a new car or a change.. I wonder if Ferrari got back to old form and he went there racing would become really exciting.

  19. Markus Andreas

    Markus Andreas

    Maand geleden

    well at least there is no one around for him to crash into or push out. Mercedes is just flooring it to get away from this kamikaze and others are just better off keeping their distance behind

  20. colin09


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    This video doesn't really offer any insights for people who follow the sport. Just a long explanation of the obvious.

  21. jonathan rijn

    jonathan rijn

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    That's what happens when you're second only to Hamilton in talent and your car is also second only to Mercedes

  22. Majin Merrk

    Majin Merrk

    Maand geleden

    He's actually on pace to score literally the exact same amount of points as last year. (13.2 a race)

  23. Keashin28


    Maand geleden

    That's why he enjoyed it so much when Daniel was on the podium

  24. Keashin28


    Maand geleden

    For me max is second best because he's better than bottas in my opinion

  25. stefan28b


    Maand geleden

    Max does not care about being 2de or 3th in the championship. That why he drives like this.

  26. Shadow736


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    This video needs a slight edit after Bahrain... he has had his romantic dinner but 3rd wheel Hamilton ruined it with his victory :p

  27. Diego Mora

    Diego Mora

    Maand geleden

    The wasted talent, he is faster than hamilton but aging and rusting himself in red bull

  28. Haribo


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    Not that he cares, but he did break another record this year. Most DNF's in one country during one season.

  29. Carlos Colon

    Carlos Colon

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    In my opinion, I think he’s the best driver on track based solely on driving skills and not the cars they drive. And that’s coming from a Leclerc fanboy.

  30. gammaraider


    Maand geleden

    First off, I'm a fan of Verstappen. I like his driving, I like the fact that he's Dutch like me and that he inspired me to get back into following F1 after a decade of disinterest. I have to admit tho, his negative attitude outside the races is not inspiring at all. It's always criticism upon criticism. Towards himself, the team, the car, other drivers, it's extremely rare to hear him say something uplifting or positive in any interview. That combined with a recently developed defeatist attitude ("it doesn't matter what i do anyway") makes me not want to watch his interviews anymore. Quite a difference from Ricciardo for instance, who rarely gets a podium yet is always cheerful and enthousiastic towards journalists. Ricciardo actually acts like a man who's getting to live his dream, and I think that's great.

    • Paoloh


      2 dagen geleden

      He's realistic and doesn't care about PR shit. The reality is that the mercs are stupidly fast and that 3rd place is usually the maximum. On top of that he told in multiple interviews that all he cares about is winning races and championships. If that's the case then I don't expect him to be cheering for a P3 finish.

    • Crazy_Bananas94


      Maand geleden

      Verstappen only cares about winning. True world champion mentality. If you do not like that, that is fine, but I think it shows the world champion in Max.

  31. Aryamann Sharma

    Aryamann Sharma

    Maand geleden

    Alonso in 2013, not a third wheel but a second wheel to Seb.

  32. Cade Muller

    Cade Muller

    Maand geleden

    Max is only 2 points down now 😳

  33. Timo Giesen

    Timo Giesen

    Maand geleden

    And After today second in the championship seems possible again :D

  34. Cole Custer & Noah Gragson Fan 41 9

    Cole Custer & Noah Gragson Fan 41 9

    Maand geleden

    Max is good the W11 is just quick



    Maand geleden

    I absolutely love your work guys, but this video has no right to be more than 4 min, you just said the same thing over and over again. No offence, just an honest observation.

  36. Tammy James

    Tammy James

    Maand geleden

    Max is driving f1.25 all alone

  37. gino enas

    gino enas

    Maand geleden

    do you mean Perhaps "Why Verstappen has fallen out of place in F1 2020

  38. Sietske van Agthoven

    Sietske van Agthoven

    Maand geleden

    the spin was duo to shitty front placement. verstappen couldnt do much.

  39. Two Toes Joe (2Tjoe)

    Two Toes Joe (2Tjoe)

    Maand geleden

    he's just a hysteric kid who crashes into everyone on the track and saying it's their fault... hopefully, someday we can see him where he belongs, got kicked out of F1 due to a non-sportsmanship attitude and won't ever see his pathetic face in the CS...

  40. Alexander JAZ

    Alexander JAZ

    Maand geleden

    Max should join the Aston Martin team if they are near or in the top three constructors by the end of the 2021 season

  41. Adrian Osler

    Adrian Osler

    Maand geleden

    he has passed his window now just gonna be another maybe man

  42. Henry Gardner

    Henry Gardner

    Maand geleden

    Put him in a Mercedes and goodbye lewis

  43. Jeremiah Bachmann

    Jeremiah Bachmann

    Maand geleden

    Pretty sure he's the best car/driver combo that doesn't have an AMG.

  44. david jack

    david jack

    Maand geleden

    i thought max was an awesome driver until turkey & then i saw lewis

  45. Dominic Kelly

    Dominic Kelly

    Maand geleden

    regardless, max needs to know that nobody remembers who came second or who came last. they only remember who came first. his decision on who to drive for seems that he does not know that. 2 things make a world champ. talent and who you drive for. even senna could not win a world championship for lotus and schummacher could not do it for jordan. so you have to choose your team with as much care as you approach your racing.. mercedes approached verstappen in mid 2017 remember so just keep that in mind when you say he is fighting with mercedes..

  46. Dominic Kelly

    Dominic Kelly

    Maand geleden

    you took 6 minutes to say what you said at the start , but without any insight.. i still have no idea why verstappen felt like a thrid wheel. is that true? he said it but are you sure he had a genuine shot a the title this year? sounds like delusion to me. i said in 2019 that hamilton would win this year and because of rule stagnation he looks likely to win next year aswell. i never felt verstappen was a genuine title threat this year? if he did then he needs his head examined.. he will have to wait for 2022 if he stays with redbull. even then he will probably go to mercedes and hamilton will go to ferrari.

  47. Ruben de Boer

    Ruben de Boer

    Maand geleden

    Mercedes is just way too dominant. I'm not even blaming them.. the rest just can't keep up.

  48. dmill


    Maand geleden

    I feel like Verstappen is a great diver (second best to lewis) but the redbull car isn't as good as we might think it is. It's just that Verstappen is performing really well despite that. I also feel like the overall atmosphere or team culture in redbull is very competitive and pretty toxic. Which can't help. Being stuck behind Mercedes due to no fault of his own must be very frustrating.



    Maand geleden

    A completely missed opportunity for a more fitting parody name: "The Italian Botch"

  50. CalgarGTX


    Maand geleden

    Must be awkward during races yeah... no chance to catch up anything in front of you and nobody contesting your position behind you... it's like a 50-70 lap practice run

  51. abitoutofsorts


    Maand geleden

    Plot twist: Lewis delays signing while verstappen finds performance clause at red bull and inks with mercedes

    • abitoutofsorts


      Maand geleden

      Blokin 😂

    • Blokin


      Maand geleden

      Keep dreaming

  52. Scott M.

    Scott M.

    Maand geleden

    Don't care for the guy myself, I think he whines and criex to much and talks to much crap on people for doing things that he has done himself.

  53. Rotor Air Group

    Rotor Air Group

    Maand geleden

    Max's present clearly is not what everyone was expecting. Since 2015 everyone was saying that "he was going to be multi world champion" from "next season on" but he is finishing his 6th season without actually being a title contender. This is the main reason why Honda is leaving. They don't see that Max has chances to be champion soon. Just to give you an example, Max has 9 wins in 6 seasons, Ronnie Peterson won 10 races in 6 seasons before his fatal accident so Max is not doing anything special or relevant. He has a fast car and drives it relatively well but has commited more significant errors than any other driver in the history of F1, including repeated accidents on his own, with everyone on the grid including his team mates. Just to give you a strong example, in 6 seasons Max has never finished a race in Monaco, Japan or Baku without crashing. His future is at risk because of the lack of relevant results.

  54. Derek Sparks

    Derek Sparks

    Maand geleden

    So sick of the negative max nonsense coming out of formula 1 why do they constantly try to set the narrative. Constantly with hamilton is best ever 2019 was all leclerc. f1 and supporting media is constantly pushing a failed narative. Max is necessary to make f1 watchable. Leclerc isnt the star that f1 wants him to be its hilarious anybody that watches the sport knows what im ralking about. Bullshit videos like this ruin the sport. max is the most professional and dare i say best driver currently in formula 1. Anyway i mut the announcers and avoid f1 media like bubonic plaque.journalism without narrative has been lost in our politics and sport.

  55. Michael Ryan

    Michael Ryan

    Maand geleden

    Imagine if Verstappen passes Bottas before the end of the season

  56. Loraxe72


    Maand geleden

    Coulda woulda shoulda, no one knows what would of happened if their were no dnfs

  57. Navani


    Maand geleden

    Formula 1 is WWE with cars. A very noncompetitive sport gaslighting us that it is actually competitive while it is not. So they can continue the ego arena. People have no clue at all about what is behind closed doors. And many speculate and start preconceived belief systems about how good certain drivers are and other stuff.

  58. ShuriKunai


    Maand geleden

    Max is an amazing driver. He'll be a multiple world champion soon.

    • Blokin


      Maand geleden

      Like next week???

  59. Corne Van Gulik

    Corne Van Gulik

    Maand geleden

    To be fair, normally, if Max has a really good race he can finish 2nd, otherwise it is 3rd. Knowing you're doing a good job but never will be enough for a race win must be frustrating, equally on bad race days to still not have any competition from behind must be mind numbing as well.

  60. Septimus ii

    Septimus ii

    Maand geleden

    Red Bull had to do several things right this year in order for Max to hear Valterri. Max was the better driver, Red Bull had slightly better pits and probably sightly better strategy, but the Red Bull car just wasn't reliable enough

  61. KuK137


    Maand geleden

    He is challenging Mercedes in 1 second slower car, he would wipe the floor with both their drivers in equal one. Mercedes fully deserves WCC, but WDC had been a meaningless joke...

  62. Alexander Trefz

    Alexander Trefz

    Maand geleden

    Probably because he is out of place in this racing series, in which he either crashes or forces people off the track in order to do anything.

  63. lawrence gakuo

    lawrence gakuo

    Maand geleden

    You've heard it hear first... Verstappen has a curse in Italy!!!!!!

  64. Amit Grandhi

    Amit Grandhi

    Maand geleden

    Everyone speaks about Max's dnfs but nobody speaks about Bottas' ones. He had many too

  65. cyclonicleo


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    If nothing else, this does wonders for his development as a driver and is improving his level of maturity.

  66. PSk


    Maand geleden

    Redbull are missing a driver that can develop a car. Ricciardo could, Max can't, just drives around everything ...

  67. M1kl0


    Maand geleden

    Yea if his car has a problem or he gets a radom puncture its his fault and he instantly loses his "underdog bite", seems legit dude

  68. Horseshoe Overlook

    Horseshoe Overlook

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    I think Verstappen is somewhat overrated. You need to finish races to be considered one of the very best.

  69. Raymond Umbara

    Raymond Umbara

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    Not specifically related to Max’s 2020 plight but I’m very curious; with Andy Green never having led the tech department at a frontrunning team (as far as I know) how do you think he will make the leap? Having resources, funding and facilities of a top team is 1 matter but then putting it into practice is another. Although the team's past as a high value "points-per-budget" scorer is well renowned.

  70. Max d

    Max d

    Maand geleden

    Everyone questions did Ricciardo make the right decision to leave RB, well theres your answer there. nothing has changed and nothing will change next year and possibly beyond so you may as well try something different. RB have not had a title winning car since the V8s.

  71. Don Lee

    Don Lee

    Maand geleden

    Of all the things that can go wrong, it's crazy how few times did Hamilton ever have a DNF for the past few years. Verstappen though how ever good he may be, has to over drive a car that's already on the edge in order to gain some ground, while Lewis is driving a car that's in its sweet spot, not too aggressive on any front.

  72. Dimz2814


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    Red bull might as well have 1 car on track that other dude as pissed the bed. HULK FOR RBF1

  73. KS Ooi

    KS Ooi

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    Max will nvr win the WDC

  74. jior6


    Maand geleden

    Why do English people pronounce sixth as sickth? Can they not produce the x sound?

  75. Michaël G-Léonard

    Michaël G-Léonard

    Maand geleden

    *reads title* It's a Scott Mitchell thing, isn't it?

  76. Xeakpress


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    Didnt mention the issue with set up that lead to huge tire issues that were partially responsible for the Spins

  77. Joe Colclough

    Joe Colclough

    Maand geleden

    Imagine a Verstappen and Russell pairing at Mercedes when Hamilton retires

  78. Jim Elliott

    Jim Elliott

    Maand geleden

    The greatest driver who will probably never win a Championship. After Hamilton, LeClerc will likely w in with a reinvigorated Ferrari

  79. Lukas Pailiv

    Lukas Pailiv

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    JB in 2004.

  80. chris pham

    chris pham

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    I’m sure max has found it frustrating at times but I’m glad he’s been there so Mercedes at least has some company in 2020

  81. Nadia Passarelli Carvalho

    Nadia Passarelli Carvalho

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    Not happy Max? What a shame

  82. marshallmarthes


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    Don’t trying to defend him for his fans you are better than this come on down cozy up to his fans

  83. marshallmarthes


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    And if you look at his career with an unbiased eye you would see that he always cracks under pressure

    • Raashid Tak

      Raashid Tak

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      hurr durr, lewis bad, mercedes bad, verstappen God

  84. Alex Peak

    Alex Peak

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    I think if you ask Max, he’ll probably tell you he’s disappointed. He’s not in a team capable of fighting for a championship nowadays despite their hype and supposed promises. Whenever teams hype themselves up and bleat on about past glories, they’re bound to have a bad year somewhere down the line; I fear RBR are next in line for that. Max will need to leave RBR to win a championship. They’re not even remotely within touching distance and haven’t been for seven years.

  85. Brandon Davis

    Brandon Davis

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    This content is incredible.

  86. Jimmy Jazz

    Jimmy Jazz

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    Such a shame that red bull haven’t given max a car that he can challenge for titles with, he really has completely outdriven the car this year and the last few years too for that matter.

  87. Ricardo Alzaga

    Ricardo Alzaga

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    So now it’s something like this: Formula Mercedes Formula Verstappen Formula everyone else

  88. Eddie Adams

    Eddie Adams

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    Make sure you push the like and subscribe button, and push Jenson Button's buttons...and make sure you push those all of those buttons..

  89. Osprey6m


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    Pity he hasn’t got an Alonso for a team mate. That would have given him something to think about.

  90. Vinicius Costa

    Vinicius Costa

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    I love this channel but this content is rubbish

  91. JaZaSiNo


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    The „I prefer a romantic dinner over third wheeling“ sounds to me like a hint that he wants that Mercedes seat, especially with Hondas departure for 2022. Am I the only one?

    • Blokin


      Maand geleden

      Yes, the only one

  92. M C

    M C

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    This goes back to 2013; Mercedes switched focus to 2014 while RBR decided to push on with their 2013 car. They've been on the back foot ever since.

  93. Nathan Sparks

    Nathan Sparks

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    Its crazy how quick them 3 just check out from the rest! At the start of the race after about 5 laps Lewis, VB & Max are like 10 seconds clear of 4th! They just race between themselves! This is why RB need a 2nd driver who can keep up with Max as then it gives them a strategy to go for whereas with just Max, Mercedes just cover them off quite easily!

  94. Sandouras


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    You are reaching at the bottom of the barrel for content. Do some technical analysis on new developments and wings and whatever, instead of taking a minor comment and making a big deal out of it.

  95. Oliver Pearce-Mariner

    Oliver Pearce-Mariner

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    3:17 gio be like 0+0+0 = 1

  96. Gouthaman Guna

    Gouthaman Guna

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    From f1 2019/20 game I found why verstappen is so frustrated on slow runners In front of him. That fu.kin irritating and frustrating..

  97. aifrench14


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    The Benetton drivers had a bit of that in 1992 as Schumacher/Brundle shared the podium with the two Williams on several occasions, ok nowhere near the same league as this but in a period of car unreliability and less races for almost a third of the races to be the two Williams and a Benetton on the podium was a bit like that.... maybe?

  98. Candice R

    Candice R

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    Max will be the next champ!

  99. Ck


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    I think its out of debate how talented max is and the potential thats underneath. I feel that the politics behind Max verstappen, which is Jos Verstappen, has put max and RB into a difficult corner. By cornering RB into a deal and building a car and team around him has closed some doors and opportunities for him at merc, ferrari or maybe even AMR. RB ofc wanted a driver like Max and agreed into doing this, but it resulted into some unforseen issues, like losing a great driver like Daniel Advocado, a car which only max can drive, 1 car points finishes, going through potential drivers like disposable batteries etc. And dont forget, now Honda is gonna pull out which leaves them which some huge decisions.

  100. Anshul Rai

    Anshul Rai

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    What's the background music?