Timo Glock revealed that he “expected Max Verstappen to smack Lewis Hamilton” after their infamous Monza crash.
The Italian GP saw Verstappen and Hamilton collide into each other for the second time this season. Verstappen was furious when the crash occurred, and called Hamilton out on team radio for not giving him enough space.
However, no physicality or anything of that kind occurred. Glock revealed that he “expected Verstappen to smack Hamilton” after the crash, and was pleasantly surprised to see him act mature.
“He didn’t get involved in anything after Monza, he’s doing his thing,” Glock told Speedweek, as quoted by Racingnews365.com.
“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.”
Maturity and progress
Verstappen has been a hothead since he first burst onto the scene in F1. He was famously involved in a shoving match with Esteban Ocon, and his many crashes with other racers led to him getting the nickname ‘Crashtappen’.
In fact, Verstappen was asked to do community service after his altercation with Ocon, which shows how rash he used to be.
He has come a long way since then, and Glock is appreciative of that. He pointed out how Verstappen’s maturity helps him make good decisions, like the one he made at the Russian GP.
“What Verstappen did in Sochi almost went under the radar. He made the call at the right time and made no mistakes,” Glock said.
“Those kind of races can decide the fight for the title. That shows Verstappen’s maturity. He’s ready for it.”