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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
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Formula 1 British GP
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Why Verstappen should get comfortable with finishing second

OPINION: A risk-free approach to the British Grand Prix handed Max Verstappen an unexpected second place, as he and Red Bull got their lines right. In future Formula 1 weekends where other teams are stronger, Verstappen might need to indulge in a similar approach

"If you ain't first, you're last", opined Ricky Bobby in 2006's NASCAR-based sports-comedy Talladega Nights, advice passed down to him and later retracted by his absentee, dead-beat father: "That doesn't make sense at all; you can be second, third, fourth...hell, you can even be fifth!"

Thing is, the Ricky Bobby mantra long precedes the release of the film; racing drivers have often luxuriated in a 'win-at-all-costs' mentality, compromising on the bigger picture for that immediate dopamine rush. It's said that Ayrton Senna would prefer to retire than finish second, a standpoint that adds to his weird and gratuitous deification, while his long-time rival Alain Prost often took the 'by-the-numbers' approach to win four world titles.

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