Roberto Merhi – “Max was in the right place at the right time”


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Roberto Merhi feels Max Verstappen’s rise to stardom in Formula 1 was a case of him being in the right place at the right time.

Verstappen started the 2016 season with Scuderia Toro Rosso, but after Daniil Kvyat caused two separate incidents with Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel at the Russian Grand Prix, the decision was made to promote Verstappen to Red Bull Racing. The Spanish Grand Prix was his first race under the Milton Keynes based outfit.

He shown strong performance here as he won the Grand Prix, becoming F1’s youngest ever race winner. The Dutch continued this strong performance for the rest of the season, as he took another six podium finishes. Merhi is not denying that Verstappen has talent, but feels he was in the right place at the right time to receive the promotion.

“Max was in the right place at the right time, that’s how it is,” Merhi told Spanish sports publication AS. “There is no denying he is a very good driver, but it is also true that everything has come to him.”

Merhi was with Manor Racing in 2015 for his F1 rookie season, he believes the stewards have shown leniency towards Verstappen. With incidents that have sparked controversy, especially with Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

“He has got away with anything,” added Merhi. “I don’t know if it is because he is so young or because he is spectacular.”

  • thierryvth

    Would you call someone with a clear Scottish accent English ? That is what youy are doing with Max, he lived with his Dutch father, speaks Dutch not Belgian, has a Dutch passport and even more clearly he has obviously a dutch winning mentality and atitude, nothing Belgian about the kid.

  • thierryvth

    on topic, Roberto, Carlos and Ocon clearly need a reallity check soon. Max dominated the carts like no one before. and after a bad technical start of F3 with a average team humiliated Ocon in a superior team in F3. Overtakes Fia awards have nothing to do with a luck being there at the right time. And not to forget Jos who didn’t accept offers from Merc and Fer because max needed tot drive and we all know now that was the best call Jos made.
    What we see here is a couple of very good drivers that can’t handle they are no way near as good as Max

  • Neutron

    Max is good. But he has many flaws as well. Only time will show what he really can do. No doubt Brazil racing was brilliant however he had new tires while everyone else had close to 30 laps on them. Again he’s good but I haven’t been wowed by him yet.