Max Ver­stap­pen will only get bet­ter in For­mula 1 - Jos Ver­stap­pen

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Jos Ver­stap­pen has in­sisted his son Max has been un­af­fected by crit­i­cism of his driv­ing this sea­son and promised there is more to come from the teenager in the wake of his stir­ring Brazil­ian GP per­for­mance. Ver­stap­pen earned wide­spread plau­dits for his at­tack­ing drive in last Sun­day’s rain-hit In­ter­la­gos race with his fa­ther de­scrib­ing it as a “spe­cial mo­ment” for both the 19-year-old and For­mula 1 at large. Ver­stap­pen Jr is ap­proach­ing the end of his sec­ond sea­son at the top level and Jos reck­ons F1’s youngest race win­ner will con­tinue to flour­ish. “I think he will only get bet­ter,” Jos Ver­stap­pen told re­porters. “He’s 19, his sec­ond year in For­mula 1 and if he can de­liver a race like this we have a lot of en­joy­able years in front of us.” Since his ar­rival in F1 as the sport’s youngest-ever driver last sea­son, Ver­stap­pen’s reg­u­lar dis­plays of driv­ing bril­liance have been punc­tured by oc­ca­sional con­tro­ver­sies with his de­fen­sive moves in wheel-to-wheel com­bat par­tic­u­larly un­der the spot­light this year. Se­bas­tian Vet­tel has had sev­eral run-ins with the Dutch­man and on Sun­day the Ger­man driver said Ver­stap­pen’s driv­ing was ‘not cor­rect’ in a pass­ing move that saw the Fer­rari take to the grass. How­ever, de­spite com­ing un­der fire from ri­vals this sea­son, his fa­ther in­sists the 19-year-old has re­mained to­tally un­fazed. “He doesn’t care, he doesn’t mind,” said Ver­stap­pen Snr. “I’m more into that and he says ‘shut up, it’s fine’. He doesn’t care.” The for­mer F1 driver added: “We are not here for some­body else, we are here for our­selves. “We are driv­ing for Red Bull and we want to have the best pos­si­ble re­sult for them. He’s here to race.” Ver­stap­pen’s around-the­out­side pass on Nico Ros­berg at In­ter­la­gos is al­ready up for an award, with the FIA in­clud­ing it on the fan vote for ‘Ac­tion of the Year’ in mo­tor­sport. The win­ner will be re­vealed dur­ing the FIA’s end-of-sea­son prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony, when the F1 world cham­pion is of­fi­cially crowned, in Vi­enna on De­cem­ber 2.

Max Ver­stap­pen is prov­ing to be a promis­ing driver Photo: AP

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