Cape Town - Jos Verstappen says the way his son Max performed in the Brazilian Grand Prix is not something that can be taught.
Red Bull driver drew wide plaudits for his superb showing at a wet and
treacherous Interlagos over the weekend, charging through the field
after a late pitstop for fresh wet tyres to secure third place.
his father Jos - a former F1 driver himself - knew his son was
talented, he admits to being surprised at what the youngster was able to
“I know him a lot and we’ve done a lot of races together,” he told Autosport website. “It was unbelievable."
“When he made that extra stop I thought, ‘OK, this race is gone’. But then he started racing and I haven’t seen anything like that.
“I don’t know, but it was incredible.
you really watch carefully the way he was driving, and which lines he
was taking, he was the only driver in the whole field who was doing
can’t teach that, but if you really analyse the whole thing, you
analyse the first six laps behind the safety car he was everywhere.
to the Sunday’s race, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff was widely
criticised after it emerged that he had called Jos, allegedly to ask him
to help convince his son not to interfere in the title race between
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
Jos said the entire situation was overblown and that he did not return
to the paddock in Brazil last week after a four-race absence because of
the phone call.
“I get along very well with Toto, so what happened is absolutely no problem. He is a friend.
was no frustration with the stories. Max keeps the whole Formula 1
world talking. It’s good for Formula 1 and good for Max.
was preparing himself, and (third place) is the result of that. Also
his car control. It’s everything together. Preparation, everything.”