Max Verstappen, along with his racecraft, is aging like old wine. Having assumed his seat with Red Bull in his teenage years, he has cultivated his skills well. We don’t see that hot-headed young blood on the tracks anymore. Instead, the Red Bull No. 33 is now a complete pilot with a full understanding of tires and strategies.
Well, tracing back Max’s childhood, his upbringing a huge role in polishing his talent. Growing up with parents who had an avid interest in the world of motorsports, Max was destined to find himself on the track at one championship or the other. For it to be as grand as Formula 1, is solely on his father.
We have often mentioned that Max Verstappen was bred into the tracks. It was the hint of how strict and disciplined Jos Verstappen was with his son.
In an interview with David Coulthard last year, the former F1 driver recalled how he made his son practice during freezing cold temperatures.
“I remember he was probably 8 or 9.
We went to the Go-Kart track and in wintertime, it was freezing. So I let the van run so that it could warm up. We did ten laps. He said Ahh!! Cold. I said, ‘Go, warm-up.’ Then three minutes later I was like, ‘where is he now?’ ‘C’mon, I’m still cold.’ I said ‘I don’t care, drive.’
“He couldn’t move his fingers. But I didn’t care because I wanted to test things because I was building engines and chassis. I wanted to have a result. I wanted to move forward,” recalled Jos Verstappen.
Well, with that amount of dedication, Verstappen was destined to become the driver he now has.
The Dutchman is still the youngest pilot ever to have raced in a Grand Prix and to have won championship points. Recently, he also bagged the record for the youngest drivers to win 10 races in F1. Although these records are not what he aims for, they serve as stepping stones for his future.
After his win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Max Verstappen made a statement. He clarified that he will not chase around the Mercedes cars anymore next season. The Dutchman’s intentions were clear – he will aim for the title – and he seems ready for it.
However, he has an earnest request for his team. Red Bull had slacked off towards the middle of the season in 2020. Although they pulled back hard, it was not enough to hold back Mercedes. Max urged them to maintain consistency next season so they could finally break Mercedes’ win streak.
The Silver Arrows have also noted the growing potential of the Red Bull pilot.
For the 2021 season, he has Sergio Perez to compliment him. Therefore, his performance is supposed to improve.
Well, with all the pressure already living on their shoulders, will Mercedes be able to hold back Verstappen?