Max Verstappen’s Dutch GP Turns Bittersweet as Father, Jos Taken for a Medical Emergency After the Race

Published 09/07/2021, 8:41 AM EDT
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 10: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing with his father Jos Verstappen during previews for the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 10, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Max Verstappen won his home race in the Netherlands this past weekend. However, the Red Bull prodigy couldn’t fully enjoy his victory at the Dutch Grand Prix, as his father Jos Verstappen was taken to a hospital due to an emergency.

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However, Verstappen Sr is said to be fine and watched his son take the chequered flag at Zandvoort online. Verstappen’s manager Raymond Vermeulen will accompany the Dutch driver to Monza. While his dad will meet him in Sochi later this month for the Russian GP.

Max Verstappen couldn’t join in the celebration at Zandvoort with dad, Jos

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The 23-year-old had a stellar qualifying session and was starting on pole position. Max took home the chequered flag from start to finish but didn’t get to celebrate with his dad, as he was taken to the hospital for an emergency.

Vermeulen said, as quoted by ad.nl, “He saw Max win online, Jos had been having problems with his intestines for a few days. He watched until halfway through the race, but then couldn’t walk straight anymore.”

Verstappen Sr put out a tweet later stating the condition of his health. He said, “I am fine. Weeds does not perish.” (Translated from Dutch via Google)

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The win at Zandvoort sees Max regain the lead in the title race

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The Dutch driver was optimistic after putting a stellar qualifying lap around Zandvoort, which saw him take pole position. However, with arch-rival Lewis Hamilton just behind him in second, Max was well aware of the obstacles that he would face.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Seco

But the Red Bull prodigy came out on top, defeating the Mercedes driver and taking the top spot in the championship battle. Now, the 23-year-old prepares for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in less than a week’s time with one goal: creating the lead in the championship.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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