Max Verstappen Reveals His Close Relationship With ‘Uncle’ Michael Schumacher

Published 04/01/2022, 11:44 AM EDT

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As he stands at the gates of Formula 1, Max Verstappen has already shown himself to be a big talent. His father, Jos, has vivid memories of the time when Michael Schumacher was his teammate at Benetton. And little Max regularly visited the paddock when his father drove an F1 car. The Verstappen and Schumacher family have also developed a special bond over the years.

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Max clearly remembers the time when he used to call the legendary Michael Schumacher as ‘Uncle Michael.’ There are also several videos and pictures of a young Max sharing a moment with the legendary Michael Schumacher. As a Red Bull driver and a World Champion, the Dutch driver recollects the memories of his time with Schumacher, in an interview with Red Bull.

Max Verstappen recalls his time with Michael Schumacher

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Max Verstappen and Michael Schumacher are two extremely talented drivers in Formula 1’s history. The reigning champion developed his interest in the sport by watching his father, Jos, drive an F1 car for so many years. Hence, it raises no question of where Max got his talent from.

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Jos Verstappen and Michael Schumacher share a good relationship as their families went on holidays together. Speaking of his memories with the former Ferrari driver, Max remembers the time they went on a holiday to France. He said, “There’s a lot of good memories there. We went on vacation together, in France in summer, but also in winter. In hindsight it’s something very nice and very special, although of course I wasn’t very aware of who I was playing with at the time.” (quotes are translated using Google Translate)

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Max Verstappen Mentions How He Viewed Michael Schumacher in His Early Years

It is very interesting to hear Verstappen’s recollecting his holidays with Michael Schumacher. Mick Schumacher, son of Michael and current F1 driver for Haas, also joined the Verstappen family during their holidays together. All these words from the Red Bull driver will send F1 fans into a nostalgic frenzy.

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The 24-year-old is now the number 1 driver in F1 after winning his maiden championship in 2021. On the way to winning the title, he also stopped Lewis Hamilton on his quest to achieve an unprecedented 8th Championship. The Brit still shares this record with Michael Schumacher.

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The talent and potential the young Dutchman has in his locker is massive. He has finally won his first Championship after a 7-year-wait, but can he dominate the grid in the upcoming years? Can he achieve ‘Uncle’ Michael’s record of winning the Championship seven times? It remains to be seen.

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Rahul Madhavan

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Rahul Madhavan is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor's degree in business administration, he is pursuing his love for sports in the form of writing. Rahul is an avid McLaren fan, who also enjoys writing about soccer.
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