Red Bull Advisor Opens Up on Max Verstappen’s Major ‘Weak Point’

Published 01/27/2021, 5:40 AM EST
SHANGHAI, CHINA: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


Max Verstappen was earmarked as a future world champion right when he joined F1 at the age of 17. Since his debut season with Toro Rosso, the Dutchman’s development has progressed by leaps and bounds. For the past few years, he’s been one of the most consistent drivers on the grid and one of the only ones capable of taking the fight to Lewis Hamilton.

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While his talent has never been in doubt, his aggression and hot-headedness have sometimes been his undoing. This trait that he shares with his dad Jos Verstappen is his only weakness at the moment believes Red Bull F1’s advisor Dr. Helmut Marko.

Marko said (translated via Google), “If Max loses control, he becomes very impatient and that’s his weak point. And this Jos stance that sometimes has the willingness to put his head on the wall emerges.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

“He’s getting better at it, but I think it’s a pretty tough character trait.”

It’s a trait that defines Verstappen, but it’s possible the reason why he is just so good. He can get angered over seemingly trivial matters, but that’s because he strives for perfection and wants to beat out his competition.

However, outside the cockpit, Max is a different person, claimed Marko.

Red Bull advisor talks about Max Verstappen’s personality

SPA, BELGIUM: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

About his ace driver, Marko said, “In private life, Max is a very friendly, respectful young man, also a person against his ego. But he has a very different personality inside the car. It is very interesting that he can speak on any part of the track.”

The Austrian added that Verstappen has managed to work on his hot-headedness over the last few seasons, instead channeling his emotions in a better way while also reacting positively when need be.

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He said, “Many drivers usually expect to go straight. In fast corners, they just focus on the corner and you can hear how fast they are breathing.”

“This is not the case with Max. He always comments well when he transitions or takes the lead. And he also has a very good sense of humor.”

Verstappen would be hoping the 2021 season gives him a lot more success than he had last year. Can he beat Hamilton in inferior machinery this year? We shall soon see.

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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