In conversation with Max Verstappen: “My father used to be quite hard on me, but I needed that” | formula 1

In conversation with Max Verstappen: “My father used to be quite hard on me, but I needed that” | formula 1
In conversation with Max Verstappen: “My father used to be quite hard on me, but I needed that” | formula 1

With seven GPs to go, Max Verstappen can already smell the world title. The Dutch phenomenon was born 24 years ago in Hasselt, grew up in Maaseik and now resides in Monaco. He is now one of the 15 highest paid athletes in the world. Verstappen himself is not fooled by it. “I’m busy with my job and outside of that I just live my life,” he says in Sportweekend.

A new GP win in his own country put him in the lead in the World Cup position even more comfortably last weekend. Max Verstappen is hot, but he remains calm: “I feel good in my skin. I don’t think too much about who I am. I focus on what I have to perform and beyond that I live my life relaxed.”

“Of course you are sometimes already experienced in this sport, but I try to keep it under control as much as possible. Some things are part of it, but I think the best thing is when I can sit in the car and just do my thing can do.”

Verstappen sees the obligations and disadvantages that come with his name as a temporary evil: “In the end it will only be like this for 10 to 15 years and then it will stop. I started very young, so I no longer see myself as 40- year-old racing.”

Max Verstappen also won the GP of Spa-Francorchamps last week.

“Last year’s world title gives me peace of mind”

The urge to win is very important according to the World Cup leader. “If you don’t have that anymore, the motivation to race is gone. Ultimately, winning is the most important thing there is. It’s about crossing the line first and that comes at the cost of a lot.”

Rivalry is traditionally very much present in Formula 1, but Verstappen does not harbor real resentment towards his competitors off the track. “In general I get on well with everyone, but on the track you just want to beat everyone, although there must always be respect.”

Last year, Verstappen celebrated his first world title in Abu Dhabi. “Whether my life has changed a lot since then? Not really really. Only my biggest goal has already been achieved and that gives me peace of mind.”

I hope they all leave me alone after my career.

Max Verstappen

“I like winning, but you have to be able to put things into perspective if you don’t win. Ultimately you have to analyze why you lose. That’s the most important.”

Verstappen underlines the role his father played in his development. “I used to travel a lot with my father and he was quite hard on me then. Some people can’t handle that, but I needed that. I have a lot of confidence now, but also know that it can always be better.”

What people say about Verstappen after the career does not keep the Dutchman awake. “I hope they all leave me alone then,” he laughs.

The article is in Dutch

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