Mother nature is not democratic in the distribution of talent: those who do not have it have to work much harder to get to the top, while those who have plenty of it can sweat much less. Max Verstappen undoubtedly falls into the second category, indeed it can be said that those in charge have trod the hand. The rest was done by dad Jos who, with sometimes questionable (sometimes unacceptable) methods of education, raised one war machine who on his Red Bull has a 32-point lead over Lewis Hamilton. Because talent is a promising seed that you have to heal with water, with daily effort. With a work culture that in Verstappen almost leads to the refusal of defeat. Concepts well present in the mature Verstappen, but the signs of them could be found already as a child, according to the father, also a pilot.
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“When he was seven I saw that Max had something special. He was always incredibly fast on the first lap on cold tires. And he was very good at overtaking. For him I was doing between 80 thousand and 100 thousand kilometers a year“, These are the words a Speedweek. “I also prepared the engines for him, I was a mechanic and a stay-at-home dad. This cost me a lot of time, a lot of money, but I wouldn’t have done it if I hadn’t seen his talent. It was tough for me, but it was tough for him too. We didn’t go out on the track to chase the others. We went there to win, and that’s what I taught Max. I’ve always just wanted to win, win, win. This is what I asked him to do“.
“I was fully involved in 2015 (Max’s Formula 1 debut year, ed) also to show him how to work with a team. The great thing is that we still talk to each other every day. We call each other and talk about how things went on the track. I also tell him my views on it. I just tell him, he doesn’t need to answer, but I know he’s thinking about it. That’s the only thing I want“, Concluded Verstappen sr.