“He Is Super Sweet”: Stereotypes Around Max Verstappen’s Aggressive Personality Demolished by American Star With Eye Opening Confession

Published 06/24/2023, 7:45 AM EDT

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Max Verstappen, is very ‘Dutch’ when it comes to his communication, a controversial character in F1, & often divides people with his on-track opinions and aggressive nature. However, a recent revelation from American star Dax Shepard challenges the prevailing stereotypes surrounding Verstappen’s personality. Shepard, who had the opportunity to interact with Verstappen socially, shared an eye-opening confession about the Dutch driver’s true demeanor.

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From the moment Max Verstappen joined Formula 1 at the tender age of 17. Over the years, his talent has never been in doubt, as he consistently proves himself as one of the sport’s most formidable drivers, capable of challenging all the records. However, his aggression and hot-headedness have occasionally been his downfall, an aspect he shares with his father, Jos Verstappen. Verstappen’s impatience, when he loses control, is probably his Achilles’ heel.

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It is often said that people have two personalities like they are two different people- the same applies to Verstappen affirms Dax Shephard a huge F1 fan in The Red Flags Podcast. Dax Shepard provided a surprising insight into Verstappen’s true nature. Shepard, who has had the opportunity to dine with Verstappen and spend time with him socially, described the Dutch driver as “super sweet” and revealed his shyness and reserved demeanor.

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Shepard remarked, “He is super sweet, like from other drivers that have gone to dinner with him. He is really shy and really sweet. I think the persona on track isn’t him at all if you know him socially.” Dax further described Verstappen as a “little boy” who exudes a quiet and reserved demeanor, quite contrary to his fierce racing attitude.

Shepard’s firsthand experience challenges the commonly held perception of Verstappen’s aggressive on-track persona. Certainly, that also seems to be the case when Max is with his loved ones including his GF Kelly Piquet. And isn’t it evident in his interactions with Kelly’s daughter Penelope?

Besides his family & celebrities like Shephard, his friends & acquaintances are also throwing light on Max’s off-court sweetish nature, debunking previous perceptions.

Team Redline Sim Racer also breaks stereotypes about Max Verstappen

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Verstappen’s aggressive approach to racing has often led to polarizing opinions among fans, and his direct communication style has been interpreted as brashness. However, Atze Kerkhof, a fellow Team Redline sim racer and acquaintance of Verstappen, also believes that the Dutch driver’s character is often misunderstood.

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Kerkhof highlights the Dutch culture of speaking the truth and being direct, which aligns with Verstappen’s communication style. He explains that Verstappen’s directness helps him convey his thoughts and intentions clearly, fostering better understanding among his team and peers. Jos Verstappen’s influence on Max’s driving style becomes apparent in high-pressure situations. The willingness to push boundaries and take risks is a characteristic associated with the Verstappen family.

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So it is safe to say that Max Verstappen is a multifaceted individual whose on-track demeanor may differ significantly from his off-track interactions.

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Vidhita is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. Driven by her deep passion for motorsports and a love for the exhilaration of speed. Since 2016, she has been captivated by the world of F1 after watching a race with a relative, and her fascination has only grown stronger over the years.
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