Max Verstappen Recalls Childhood Weekend Getaways With Mick and Michael Schumacher

Published 01/11/2021, 12:05 AM EST
MONTMELO, SPAIN: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)


Max Verstappen and Mick Schumacher will be the only 2nd-generation Formula 1 drivers on the grid next season. There’s a little extra pressure that comes along with such a driver, a legacy to live up to and meet.

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Interestingly, Max and Mick after Jos Verstappen and Michael Schumacher were close friends. Way back in the days, the pair spent some quality time together as their kids often competed in karting.

Max Verstappen looked back at his early days with his father and the Schumacher family. “I was 3 or 4 years old at the time. I just knew this was Uncle Michael. Who was very nice. Who was an extremely big family man,” the Red Bull driver recalled.

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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 24: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2019 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

“But I never saw him as a record world champion, I wasn’t aware of that. You can see that in the old photos and videos we have at home. 

“Mick or Gina (Mick’s sister; d. Editor) was always there. It was great. I still have positive memories of those weekends today,” he said.

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Young Max Verstappen vs Mick Schumacher in karting

When the fathers spent some time together, the kids would enjoy themselves karting. Max Verstappen was asked who had won the kart racing back in the day?

He said, “Nobody, because we just wanted to have fun. We always drove two-seaters. Michael with Mick or Gina, my father with me. And when it got too dangerous, the fathers quickly took over.

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – AUGUST 04: Race winner Mick Schumacher of Germany and Prema Racing celebrates during the sprint race of the Formula 2 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

“Yes, only then I couldn’t speak German. I have no idea how we were talking. But 2, 3 or 4-year-olds never have a problem communicating, even if they don’t speak the same language,” Verstappen concluded.

Mick Schumacher is making his Formula 1 debut with Haas F1 this coming season. Max Verstappen and the German have known each other for a long time.

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Surely, their childhood playful sessions are going to come out as intense rivalry on the grid. It will be fun to see whether Mick will overtake Verstappen next season on the grid. How long do you reckon that would take?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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