Father Defends Max Verstappen With Regard to 2018 Troubles

Published 03/05/2019, 4:15 AM EST
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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has admittedly endured a troubled start to his 2018 F1 campaign. However, his father, and former F1 racer himself, Jos Verstappen has leaped to his defence.

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During the initial stages of the season, the Dutchman was embroiled in a number of incidents. Speaking to the Max Verstappen official website, Jos said, “I don’t think there was anything wrong. It was really the outside world that made a problem out of things.”

“I discuss everything with Max, including during his tough time,” he continued. “I don’t think there was anything wrong. It was really the outside world that made a problem out of things.

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“Maybe the conversation after Monaco was hard but if you see how he picked it up from there and how he starts this year, it’s perfect.”

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Speaking of the collisions, Verstappen has traded paintjobs with Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. The Hamilton clash occurred in Bahrain while he tried an audacious move on Vettel in China, only to fail miserably.

In Monaco, he crashed once again while teammate, Daniel Ricciardo took top honours. However, it seemed that Lady Luck finally decided to sprinkle some of her magic on Verstappen after the race in the principality of Monaco.

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He went on to shake off his demons and mount a challenge to Mercedes and Ferrari. But by then it was too late for Max and the championship turned into a two horse race.

Coming to the 2019 season beginning next week, Jos said, “It’ll be the same as before. I don’t have to be here all the time to tell him what to do; he knows that better than me. But it’s the small things. I don’t tell him what to do, but I talk to him about what I see. That’s more than enough.”

Hopefully for his sake, Red Bull pull up their socks and make the Silver Arrows and Prancing Horses sweat.

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Jos Verstappen with son, Max

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