Max Verstappen’s racing driver father had different expectations for the Red Bull star | F1 | sport
Max Verstappen has claimed his father Jos thought he wouldn’t become an F1 driver because he “didn’t work hard enough”. The Dutchman revealed his dad told him he was going to be a lorry or bus driver as he had a ‘more relaxed personality’.
He said his father’s comments had set him up to deal well with criticism since succeeding in F1. He told Channel 4: “My dad never said I was going to be a champion. He was always the opposite. He used to tell me I was going to be a lorry driver or a bus driver.
“All the way to Formula 1, I still haven’t worked hard enough in his eyes because I have a bit more relaxed personality than him in terms of how I approach a weekend. I was winning my races and everything, but he said that wasn’t enough to be successful in Formula 1. I think that prepared me very well for criticism or noise.
His comments come weeks after fellow Dutchman Tom Coronel said Max’s father Jos was key in developing the future champion. He told Express Sport Jos had ‘programmed’ Max’s combative style and warned he had created a ‘racing monster’.
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Coronel explained: “And Jos, okay, some people might say it’s not right that you put so much pressure on your kids when you’re so young. But that’s what you create, you create a racing monster. Max has been dealing with this all his life so he doesn’t feel it anymore, so that’s positive. It turns out that Jos created this racing monster.
He added: “For me, if you mean what Verstappen’s name is, he’s a racing monster. If you see it in your mirrors, it will eat you, it will kill you. It will put the car inside even if there is only 10cm of space. That’s how he was created… This guy is programmed by Jos.
Red Bull boss Helmut Marko appeared to criticize Jos ahead of the British Grand Prix after the former Benetton star attacked the team. Jos criticized Red Bull’s handling of the Monaco Grand Prix, saying the team failed to use strategy to help Verstappen to the front of the pack.
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He warned the decision cost Max 10 points in the championship fight at a time when Ferrari still had the fastest car. This led Red Bull team principal Christian Horner to suggest the team was Red Bull Racing, not Max Verstappen Racing.
Marko also fired back, saying Jos was often difficult to deal with. He said: “[The comments] creates resentment within the team and gives journalists something to write about.
“Anyway, Jos is Jos. He can get angry quickly sometimes and none of that will change.”