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Max Verstappen

Rosberg believes Verstappen has the 'mental attitude of a champion'

Despite pressure to deliver in front of his home fans, Max Verstappen kept his cool to win the Dutch Grand Prix. His performance drew rave reviews from former F1 World Champions Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button.

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Max Verstappen's Dutch Grand Prix win has once again seen him take the lead of the Drivers' Championship, with Nico Rosberg heaping praise for his performance in the face of extreme pressure on home soil.

F1's return to Zandvoort went well for the Dutch fans as Red Bull Verstappen took the chequered flag in front of Mercedes rivals Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Rosberg believes Verstappen's performance was the kind that shows he has what it takes to become a World Champion.

"The greatest day of his whole life," Rosberg stated on Sky Sports.

"You know, he's like, 'Yes, I got a great win, let's celebrate', but there's always still some measuredness, and that's how he kept his car through the whole weekend.

"It's really the mental attitude of a champion, and a champion's drive today."

Jenson Button couldn't help but agree with Rosberg's thoughts, pointing out that Verstappen is mature beyond his years.

"He's very, very calm in the way he goes about his business," Button added.

"Obviously, we all have emotions and adrenaline. At times you can be a little bit outspoken and you regret it afterwards, but he's been pretty consistent in the way that he's been with victories and defeat also.

"That's when you become stronger, it's the defeats and the tough days. He's way beyond his years and I think that comes from having both parents in competitive motorsport."

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