Max Verstappen Reveals How He Handles His Father Jos’ Worries About His Temperament in F1

Published 07/16/2021, 6:10 AM EDT
ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS: Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing is pictured speaking to his father, Jos Verstappen as he drives the first laps at the official opening for the upcoming Dutch GP F1 or Formula One race which will be held at Circuit Zandvoort in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images for Red Bull Racing)


The current championship leader, Max Verstappen, might be expecting some pressure by now, but the 23-years-old appeared to be composed as he heads into the British GP this weekend.

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After making his debut back in 2014, the dutch finally got a genuine opportunity to compete for the championship title this season.

And he is going head to head for the world championship with one of the most successful drivers of all time, Lewis Hamilton.

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Since the start of the season, Verstappen’s approach has been to be calm and not bother much about the future. However, Verstappen’s father Jos Verstappen gets worried about his son’s style of approaching race weekends.

Meanwhile, the Dutch admit he likes how he approaches the race week weekends and prefers to save energy instead of debating with his father.

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What did Max Verstappen say?

“My dad sometimes was a bit worried that I couldn’t be bothered or I was too relaxed. But I said, ‘Dad, don’t worry, this is just the way I like it and how I approach to get into a race weekend or, like, my zone,’ said Max Verstappen in an interview with BBC.

“Nowadays my dad is more excited about starting the F1 weekend than I am. I get sent so many things, my dad asking questions about the weekend, and I am like, ‘I will find out when I get to the track.’

MONTMELO, SPAIN: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing talks with his father Jos Verstappen in the garage during day three of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“At the end of the day, it is like that. I can tell you a 10-minute story about what I think, but 70% of the time it turns out different. So I prefer to save the energy and just say we’ll find out and see what happens.

Verstappen to look for another victory at Hamilton’s home turf

Max Verstappen is in the form of his life. The Dutch won back-to-back three Grand Prix and would be the favorite again to win at Mercedes and Hamilton’s home turf.

With a competitive car at his disposal, Max Verstappen would certainly look to end Mercedes and Hamilton’s dominance this season. The Dutch currently leads the drivers’ championship and is 32 points ahead of his arch-rival, Lewis Hamilton.

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Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 19, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton Pool via REUTERS/Nicolas Tucat.

The Knight and Silver Arrows will look to bounce back at their backyard, where they have been traditionally strong. The Brackley-based team have won nearly every race at Silverstone since 2013 except the 2018 season. On the other hand, Red Bull won the British GP all the way back in 2012.

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Will Red Bull continue their winning streak or Mercedes will fight back at this weekend’s British Grand Prix? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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