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Max Verstappen has endured a testing period recently, but Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has been extremely impressed with the way that the youngster has conducted himself, saying that he has dealt with recent disappointment “incredibly well”.

Horner went on to say that he expects Verstappen to fight back in the second half of the 2017 Formula 1 season.

A podium finish in China marked a positive start to Verstappen’s campaign and the Red Bull driver had an impressive tally of 35 points in his opening four races, 13 more than teammate Daniel Ricciardo at the time.

Since then, though, things have not quite worked out as per plan and the 19-year-old scored only ten points in the next five races thanks to a run of poor reliability and incidents.

Ricciardo has basked in the limelight meanwhile, finishing on the podium in all five of those races, even winning in Azerbaijan, to extend his lead over Verstappen by 50 points heading into the summer break.

“Daniel has had a great run, but obviously a grand prix victory is always special, no matter how they come,” commented Horner on the team’s season so far. “Obviously we got a little bit lucky on that day but it was great to see Daniel win the race.

“But races such as China, which was very good with Max, and Austria, where Daniel was under huge pressure, the same in Montreal, we’ve had some great races.”

But, Horner said that Verstappen has what it takes to turn things around.

“To be taken out in Barcelona, through no fault of his own, to have had successive engine failures in Montreal and Baku, where he was in a position to certainly finish on the podium if not win the grand prix was immensely frustrating.

“But he has dealt with it incredibly well and I’m certain that after the summer break he is going to have a strong second half of the year.”

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