BUDAPEST, Hungary — It seemed like a long time coming, but Max Verstappen has finally claimed a pole position in Formula One.
While it ended the tedious speculation over when he would finally get it done, it also sets up a fascinating prospect for tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix. It also comes at a time people some are debating whether Verstappen is the best driver in F1 right now and others are wondering where his future lies. Our round-up from qualifying must start with the Dutch sensation. Super Max: It wasn’t long ago people were calling Verstappen ‘Mad Max’ — it was a label which annoyed the Dutchman and his Red Bull team, but reflected the fact that his early years were littered with incidents. The raw younger days of his career seem a lifetime ago now, and it’s quite remarkable to think he had to wait this long for the first pole position of his career, 92 races and seven victories after making his debut at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix.It seemed like a perfectly timed moment. The paddock chatter since his brilliant wins in Austria and Germany this year has been about whether he is performing better right now than five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. Earlier this week Hamilton said he would welcome the young Dutchman as his teammate to prove he is the better driver in equal machinery.