Canadian GP Pole-Sitter Max Verstappen Eyes ‘Best Present’ for Jos Verstappen on Father’s Day

Published 06/19/2022, 1:38 PM EDT
ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS: Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing is pictured speaking to his father, Jos Verstappen as he drives the first laps at the official opening for the upcoming Dutch GP F1 or Formula One race which will be held at Circuit Zandvoort in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images for Red Bull Racing)

F1 has seen a few sons follow in the footsteps of their fathers in the sport. One such second-generation F1 driver on the grid is Max Verstappen. The 2021 F1 world champion is the son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen.

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On the occasion of Father’s day today, the Dutchman took to social media to post a message for his father.

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Verstappen also cheekily hinted at his aim for the race later today as he hopes to secure his father a present for father’s day

 

Max Verstappen and Jos Verstappen’s special bond

Jos Verstappen has been alongside his son Max every step of the way in his journey to become the World Champion. He raced in the series from 1994 up until 2003 and registered 2 podium finishes to his name.

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Naturally, when Max picked up a liking for karting and started to get into racing, Jos was his number 1 critic and ally at the same time. He played a pivotal role through Max’s junior years and aided him in getting to the top.

MONTMELO, SPAIN – MAY 15: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates his first F1 win with father Jos Verstappen during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Jos worked on his son’s engines and chassis during his karting days. He and Max would then drive around to different competitions in a van. He has also worked as Max’s manager, taking care of the business side of things for his son.

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Although sometimes Jos’s approach has been deemed a little overboard, Max has previously insisted that it has helped shaped him to be the driver he is today.

Verstappen also repaid all his father’s efforts by clinching the Driver’s Championship in 2021. He currently leads the 2022 championship as well. Now, Max hopes to secure victory at the Canadian GP as a present to his father on the occasion of fathers day.

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Verstappen is set to start Sunday’s race from pole. This puts the Red Bull driver in a prime position to secure his father “the best present possible today” for the efforts he has put into his son’s career.

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Divyansh Priyadarshi

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Divyansh Priyadarshi is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his under-graduation in computer science engineering and is naturally drawn to the intriguing data-driven world of Formula 1. Being an author at ES isn't his first stint in penning down thoughts for his favorite sports, as he has a solid prior background in writing content for soccer, NBA, and UFC.

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