Formula One – ‘Young dude’ verstappen ready for desert dust-up

hamilton-newCHINA: Lewis Hamilton boldly christened himself “brave warrior” after winning the Chinese Grand Prix but the three-time world champion will have more than just Sebastian Vettel to contend with this week in Bahrain.

As Hamilton celebrated a third Shanghai victory in four years with his Mercedes team, he unveiled a new tattoo on the left side of his ribcage bearing the Chinese characters “Brave Warrior” and “Love”.

But the Briton’s thunder had already been stolen by a jaw-dropping drive from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who finished third behind Ferrari’s Vettel after starting near the back of the grid. “He is right up there with all the best drivers,” said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.

Hamilton, who recognises a kindred spirit in Verstappen, said: “This young dude has been a real breath of fresh air for everyone.”