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Brawn describes Verstappen as 'complete item' after Dutch GP win

Ross Brawn was full of praise for Max Verstappen following the Dutchman's home victory at Zandvoort.

F1 Managing Director Ross Brawn reckons Max Verstappen has become "the complete item" this season, heaping praise on the Red Bull driver after his emphatic victory on home soil at the Dutch Grand Prix. Verstappen brushed off the pressure of the 70,000 fans in attendance at Zandvoort to beat Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton to pole position and victory, retaking the lead of the World Championship in the process. "Max is a pretty chilled character, even with the pressure of fighting for a world title," wrote Brawn in his column for Formula1.com. "We all saw him at the beginning when he was young and learning. Making mistakes but learning. Now he is the complete item. "He drove a faultless race weekend and I can't think of anything he did wrong in what for some people would have found very distracting circumstances. To have the level of support he enjoyed at Zandvoort with the tension and the focus on him can be a distraction, but he handled it magnificently. "It was a brilliant performance, and he deservedly reclaimed the championship lead." Brawn paid tribute to the organisers of the event as the Dutch GP returned to the calendar following a 36-year break. "We should give compliments to the promoters after what was a fantastic Grand Prix weekend," he added. "The place was packed and that created a fabulous atmosphere. "The Dutch Grand Prix is a privately funded event, which is an ambitious project these days as the majority of our races have government support. For a new privately funded event to deliver this spectacle is very impressive. "They have done a fantastic job, been a delight to work with and they have produced a marvellous track. The drivers have really enjoyed it – and that is great to hear. "I'm very much looking forward to returning next year."

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