Red Bull gave Max Verstappen’s father strict instructions in order for his son to win the championship.
In the year 2021, MAX VERSTAPPEN won his first world championship.
According to AlphaTauri team manager Graham Watson, Max Verstappen’s father, Jos, was told to take a break from his son’s career when he joined Red Bull in 2016.
Five years later, in 2021, the Dutchman won the championship, defeating Lewis Hamilton in a classic Abu Dhabi showdown.
However, the victory was not without controversy, with a’miracle’ from FIA race director Michael Masi factoring into the final stages.
Verstappen, on the other hand, pounced and sealed his maiden title when he and Hamilton were brought bumper to bumper.
Prior to joining Red Bull, he was with Scuderia Toro Rosso, which is now known as AlphaTauri.
Watson claimed there that Jos Verstappen was involved in his son’s development and that he frequently clashed with the father of teammate Carlos Sainz.
That, however, is said to have changed when Max took the next step up.
“It wasn’t until Max arrived at Red Bull that they told Jos that he needed to take a step back,” he told Motorsport.com.
“I don’t have children, but I imagine it’s difficult to let go of your own son.”
Jos Verstappen was a highly regarded driver who won two podiums in his nine-year Formula One career, which spanned 1994 to 2003.
His son, on the other hand, has already surpassed those accomplishments, with the entire Red Bull team still in awe of the dramatic final-lap victory at Yas Marina.
Meanwhile, little has been heard from the Hamilton camp as the Brit continues to recover from the heartbreak of missing out on a record-equaling eighth world championship.
Fans are hoping for a rematch this year, despite the fact that a new car and a new Mercedes teammate in George Russell could change the dynamic of the duel.
Even with his father stepping back, team boss Christian Horner believes Verstappen is more than capable of handling business on his own.
“Max is probably one of the easiest drivers I’ve worked with because he takes a binary approach,” he told Channel 4.
“He values complete honesty and openness, and vice versa.
Some of his radio broadcasts, according to what you’ve heard, are shockingly candid.
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