Former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer, who left Renault during the 2017 season, is part of the BBC team and offers insight and analysis from the point of view of the competitors.
Mercedes might have dominated the start of the Formula 1 season, but the driver who has really stood out so far is in another car – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
The Dutchman has been exceptional this season so far. Verstappen is super-quick. The mistakes that plagued the start of his 2018 season have been eradicated, but he has maintained an aggressive approach to his racing. It’s an approach he must have because of the car he is in, and the deficit to those around him.
The 21-year-old picked up his second podium of the season in Barcelona last weekend and lies third in the drivers’ standings, ahead of both Ferrari drivers.
In fact, at no race this year has Verstappen been beaten by both Ferraris in spite of having the slower car in qualifying at every event.
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This article is from the BBC Sport website / bbc.co.uk – F1’s star of the year so far? It’s Max Verstappen, not Lewis Hamilton