Max Verstappen’s Father Jos Recalls Key F1 Advice He Gave to Mick Schumacher’s Mum Corinna

Published 06/30/2021, 4:21 AM EDT
Jos Verstappen (former Formula One driver), father of 30 Max Verstappen (NLD, Van Amersfoort Racing, Dallara F312 – Volkswagen), FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 7, Moscow Raceway (RUS) – 11. – 13. July 2014 (Photo by Hoch Zwei/Corbis via Getty Images)


Jos Verstappen and Michael Schumacher were teammates during their spell at Benetton in 1994. The duo worked together for two years in Formula 1 and the seven-time world champion and the Dutch competed in eight races together. Verstappen left Benetton in 1996 but the two drivers remained in contact and shared a good relationship even afterward.

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In 2015, , Schumacher’s son, Mick, completed his first season in ADAC Formula 4, racing for Van Amersfoort Racing. He finished that season P10 but the German needed advice for further progress through the junior categories. And Jos Verstappen lent a helping hand to the young German.

Verstappen Sr revealed how he once advised Mick Schumacher’s mother, Corinna, on her son’s career.

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Jos Verstappen’s advice Corinna Schumacher

When asked if he had been following the development of rookie driver Mick Schumacher, the Dutch recalled an important conversation with his mother and said, “I met Corinna after the first Formula 4 year and she asked me which way to go. “

And the Dutch suggested the Italian Prema Powerteam, “because they were the best in Formula 4 and Formula 3 at the time. And that’s what they did,” said Max Verstappen‘s father, Jos.

MONTE CARLO, MONACO – DECEMBER 08: Michael Schumacher of Germany, seven time Formula One World Champion, and wife Corinna attend the 2006 FIA Gala Prize Giving Ceremony held at the Salle des Etoiles Sporting Club on December 8, 2006 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by FIA via Getty Images)

Furthermore, Jos praised Mick Schumacher’s performance so far this season. Mick is doing a good job. The car is difficult to drive. He will learn this year, there will be new cars next year. We have to give him time.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Mick Schumacher better than Nikita Mazepin: Verstappen

With both drivers in their first season in Formula 1, the 49-year-old believes Mick has a cut above Mazepin. The young German has a better average grid position and average finish position than his Russian teammate this year.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 18, 2021. Haas’ Mick Schumacher during practice REUTERS/Yves Herman.

“He’s better than Mazepin, he spins less, is better at dealing with the press. Mazepin is more in the way in qualifying and in the race,” said Verstappen Sr.

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With Mick Schumacher linked to a move to Alfa Romeo next season, Jos Verstappen’s advice to the German is, “I would wait and see what is going on in a year.”

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With the new car regulations to take place next season, should Mick stay at Haas or explore other options? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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