Jos Verstappen shares “Lessons from the Past” that made Max Verstappen championship material

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Max Verstappen and his father Jos have claimed the championship. Not just Max’s, but also the path they shared towards their first title. So it is a shared experience for the two of them when Jos revealed how he prepared his son to conquer it with the world.

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Verstappen is known for his rather steely personality – a fortress that can rarely be broken. Jos shared anecdote that explains well Verstappen’s attitude towards racing. “We tested in Formula 3 and Max had neck pain. He leaned his head on the side of the car. Then I said: What a weakling are you, man. “

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Jos explained that the slight discomfort could be something Max would remember for a while, or maybe later if something similar happens. “If anything, he is now pondering such lessons from the past. And to make one thing clear: always with the best of intentions for me. I wanted to do someone. Do it well, just teach him as much as you can. “

So Jos focused on taking on the negative aspects of the sport and instead of teaching Max how to avoid it, it was about overcoming it. “That’s what I mean when I tell him something about that neck. When he is in pain, he should start exercising his neck and not resting his head against the car. I don’t remember having had a pain in his neck since then. That also shapes his character. “

Max Verstappen on the trail of Jos

Max Verstappen hasn’t stopped attributing his success to his father, and for good reason. Jos explained how he would make time for Max even though he was driving a kart. Even though “destroyed” sometimes nothing came between him and his son.

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“I immediately carried on like crazy: seven days a week, 16 hours a day. I didn’t care about the rest, I was totally for Max. And of course he saw that. “

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN – JANUARY 31: Max Verstappen from the Netherlands and Scuderia Toro Rosso pose with his father Jos Verstappen after the presentation of the new STR10 during the preview of the Formula 1 winter tests at the Circuito de Jerez on January 31 January 2015 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson / Getty Images)

Furthermore, it’s the same inexorability that is reflected in Max. So, over time, Verstappen knows what works for him and what doesn’t. “Max is someone who makes decisions very quickly. If you try something, it’s good or bad for him, it gets better or not better. There is no in between and that is a good thing. He immediately says yes or no. “

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Jos’ hard love and persistence have left us with a roaring 2021 champion that we can’t wait to see more of.

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