Cape Town - Max Verstappen's manager, Raymond Vermeulen, has said the
lack of an entourage was not behind the improved performance in Canada.
The Dutchman enjoyed his first clean race weekend of the
season at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where he finished on the podium with a
Neither Vermeulen, nor Max's father, Jos, were present in
the garage for the first time this campaign, but the former does not believe
that was the reason why Verstappen was able to produce a solid weekend of
"Max said he had a very good weekend," Vermeulen
said via Motorsport.com.
"He was on his own, but still guided by his trainer. He
went to dinner with Helmut [Marko] or his mechanics, and he just had a race
weekend like any other.
"I don't think there was a big difference. At 20 years
old I think he's old enough to go to a track on his own! It's not a big thing.
"Of course this is getting a dimension now because the
performance was there, and there were some comments in the press.
"But in the past he had podiums when I was here or Jos
was here, so the performance was also there when we were around!"
Vermeulen also mapped out who would be joining Verstappen in
the race weekends up to the summer break.
"Already at the start of the season we made an internal
plan about which grands prix we would attend," he added.
"There was an idea discussed together with the team to
have Max on his own for a race.
"So we said 'OK, let's do it for Canada.' So that was
the whole story. There will be some more races where Max will be on his own,
but that was already in the pipeline.
"We have a very good relationship, we discuss
everything together with Red Bull.
"It was a try-out, the first race Max was on his own,
but no special message behind that.
"It's also part of his development that he doesn't need
someone around every race.
"For example, I'm here this weekend, Jos is coming to
Austria and I'll be there too, at Silverstone Max is on his own, Jos is going
to Hungary, and at Spa we will be together."