Why did Max Verstappen’s parent dad like a ‘crazy’ to improve his son’s qualifying times?
Forced into a different line, Formula 1 drivers’ champion Max Verstappen couldn’t handle the turn. Uncontrollably, he drove straight into a digital wall.
Just like that, Verstappen got choked up. He went from leading the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual to turning off his television. He was retired.
If Verstappen was younger and his father, Jos, had neglected his efforts, what would he have said?
Would he act like a “crazy” again?
Jos Verstappen on his parenting pushes: ‘He saw me as crazy’
He would when it comes to youngster Verstappen’s qualifying times. There’s one case the two probably still bring up from time to time over family dinners. This was a 2014 event.
Jos claimed he “… hung on the pit wall in Formula 3 to encourage him to go faster”, he told CarNext, reported by gpfans.com.
The two have a close bond, but sometimes a father’s enthusiasm can be a bit over the top. Max’s father admitted it.
“He saw me as crazy,” he said.
Max needed encouragement. His elite racing skills developed as a teenager, but he struggled to put in consistent qualifying laps.
“At the start of his Formula 3 career, he had to look for that perfect lap,” said Jos.
It just needed a little parental nudge, even though Dad looked a little crazy. But, once in a while, what father doesn’t?
Verstappen proves he can qualify consistently at Formula 1 level
As a former F1 driver who scored two podiums in 1994, Jos Verstappen remains close friends with seven-time champion Michael Schumacher. For Max, he is “Uncle Michael”.
After years of struggle in qualifying races, things finally clicked in his championship campaign. Verstappen won 10 poles and his average starting position was 3.82. At the start of the season, he had just three career poles.
Guess who participates in the credit?
Yeah, good old dad.
All his outrageous madness had a purpose.
“I have to say it helped,” said Jos Verstappen.
He looked like a proud father. It no longer needs to hang on the wall.
“It’s in him,” said Jos Verstappen. “…He has improved enormously in Formula 1. Now he is the man to beat on the track.”
Maybe in the real world, but virtually he had some issues last weekend.
Verstappen’s virtual racing team was forced to retire after unforced error
Verstappen initially appeared frustrated after his P2 qualifying effort at the Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans. He missed pole by 0.002 seconds. His frustrations were just beginning.
Driving the #123 Team Redline digital machine, Verstappen immediately took the lead before the first revolution was completed. Along with teammates IndyCar driver Felix Rosenqvist and sim drivers Atze Kerkhof and Max Benecke, the Redline team took a significant advantage over the next few hours.
Until Verstappen passed a run-in car, that’s where the trouble started. It ended up losing its line when the car skidded off the track, onto the pavement and into a retaining wall. The Redline team has retired.
Realteam Hydrogen Redline took virtual victory on January 15.
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