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Max Verstappen

Glock: I expected Verstappen to hit Hamilton after Monza clash

Timo Glock believes Max Verstappen's response to his collision with Lewis Hamilton at Monza is proof that the Dutchman has matured.

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Timo Glock believes Max Verstappen has matured as a driver, stating that in seasons past the Dutchman would have gone after Lewis Hamilton following their crash at Monza.

Unlike their collision at Silverstone, which saw Verstappen retire from the race, both drivers were unable to continue at the Italian Grand Prix after coming together in spectacular fashion.

Verstappen walked away from the collision rather than confront Hamilton, with Glock stating that's a sign the Red Bull driver has matured.

"He didn't get involved in anything after Monza, he's doing his thing," Glock told Speedweek. "Before, he would have exploded. I expected him to rip open his visor and smack him.

"He's a lot more mellow now. He knows that in the end, he is only hurting himself. He has clearly worked on himself, so he understands he must take a deep breath first and then splash himself with cold water."

Verstappen famously got into a shoving match with Esteban Ocon at the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix after coming together with the Frenchman while leading the race. In the end, Verstappen was given community service for his role in the post-race altercation.

Glock reckons this improved maturity also extends to Verstappen's driving and decision-making, pointing out that his call to pit for Intermediates in Russia ultimately earned him an unexpected podium finish.

"What Verstappen did in Sochi almost went under the radar – he made the call at the right time and made no mistakes," Glock added.

"Those kind of races can decide the fight for the title. That shows Verstappen's maturity. He's ready for it."

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