‘I respect Lewis Hamilton as a driver, but the rest… nothing’: Max Verstappen’s father and ex-F1 driver Jos opens up on how the most thrilling title race in years turned toxic, the Red Bull star’s Mercedes links and holidaying with Michael Schumacher!

It is a wise father,’ said Shakespeare, ‘who knows his own child.’ And with that observation in mind, we venture to the Red Bull hospitality area in the sweaty Jeddah paddock for a chat with Jos Verstappen. But for all his motor racing pedigree, Jos is now better known as Max Verstappen’s dad. When I see Max with other drivers, I think they get on very well. ‘I did F1 — compared to Max I was nowhere — but I talk to some of the drivers and they are all very friendly, or just say hello or whatever. Max sees it as a case of doing a job as a sportsman and leaving it at that. Everybody does it their way and that is Max’s way.’. ‘Max is contracted until the end of 2023 but I hope we can stay at Red Bull for the rest of his career,’ says Jos.

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