Now a reigning Formula One world champion and on the verge of winning perhaps a second this year, Max Verstappen has followed in the footsteps of his father, Jos, who himself evolved into the reigning discipline of motorsport between 1994 and 2003. .
And if ‘Jos el cap’ does not have the trajectory of his son, he remembers that he would not be the driver he has become without the full investment of his father.
“Without my father I wouldn’t be here. It’s hard to explain everything he did for me. You know, as soon as he left F1 he spent the next 12 years doing his best to be where I am today.” explained the Red Bull driver when asked about Father’s Day, which took place yesterday.
“We spent hours traveling around Europe together, but there were also all those hours spent in the Netherlands, working with my engines or getting my karts ready, it was crazy. When I had to get up to go to school, He took me there and then he went to the workshop to continue his work.After school, I joined him and he was more often on the test bench.He helped, he taught me what he did because he wanted me to understand “.
“When I look back on all this I think it’s crazy, and I’m really grateful for that moment. At that moment I take things a bit lightly, I said, ‘Why do I have to do all this? should it be involved? ‘ But it has helped me a lot throughout my career and still does today. Of course, he no longer tells me ‘do this or that’, but I like to share with him my experience of the weekend, not just of the race but of the general. It is very important to have this kind of relationship. And I think he enjoyed the result of the weekend. I’m sure he was very nervous. “
Carlos Sainz is in a similar situation to Verstappen: his father, Carlos Sainz Senior, is a true living legend in Spain for having twice won the World Rally Championship with Toyota in 1990 and 1992. Also he has won the Dakar three times, where he continues to ride and do well at over 60 years old.
“My story is very similar to Max’s. My father left the world of rallies in 2004 and in 2006 I started racing karting, and since then he has been my right arm. my mentor, my advisor and my career leader. “ related the Ferrari driver to Max.
“It’s great to have been able to spend my childhood with my father and still have the same discussions today as when I was 11 or 12. He always says similar things to me and I’m very proud, not just of sharing the world of racing, but also to share family moments with him.We play golf together, paddle, squash, he is 60 years old and growing up, but we can play these sports together and he is great.And we have a lot of fun .. Keep going to the races and enjoy ‘those moments together “.
3rd in yesterday’s race, Lewis Hamilton also saw his father, Anthony, invest heavily in his motoring career. The Briton is all the more proud of his father as he comes from a more modest background.
“My story is similar to his with a remarkable difference: my father would have given anything to become a racing driver when he was young. He comes from a humble environment and had the dream of creating a better opportunity for his children, and I am eternally grateful to my father. “ said the seven-time world champion.
“It’s been a long journey, there have been obstacles, and going back to Canada where we won our first Grand Prix in 2007, I remember seeing it from the podium, thinking about everything I had. Done, with the money that “I should have come. With … he would have literally sold his shirt so he could keep running. I hope he’s proud today.”