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The Best Thing Is Driving the Car

VERSTAPPEN WOULD NOT CHANGE A THING IN HIS CAREER

D&T
June 18, 2019

Aged 17 years and 166 days, Dutch driver Max Verstappen became the youngest driver to compete in the Formula One car race series when he debuted at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix. This means, at only 21 years old, he already has four years of F1 experience. The young driver visited Budapest on May 1 to take part in a race car show in the heart of the city. During his visit, he had some time to elaborate on his F1 career.

Max Verstappen is one of the top F1 stars driving with a top team, Red Bull Racing, where he has collected five GP titles: in 2016 (Spain), in 2017 (Malaysia and Mexico) and in 2018 (Austria and Mexico). However, he acknowledges that his Hondapowered car still does not keep pace with Mercedes and Ferrari. “Right now, we are just maximizing our results, and at the end, we didn’t really have the speed to fight for victory,” Verstappen said after the fourth Grand Prix of 2019 in Baku.
“The season is still very long and at the moment, it is important to score points and hope that, with the upcoming updates to the car, we can move forward towards the others. Of course, others will also make updates but we just need to make sure that ours work better. ”Red Bull Racing changed their engine partner from Renault to Honda after 12 years, so they are still trying to adapt to the new Honda engine, which seems to work well in the RB15 car. “So far, everything is going pretty well.
We know we are not at the level to compete with Mercedes and Ferrari, but that isn’t realistic, anyway. For us, it is important that nothing breaks and the reliability of the engine is very good. We’re really pleased with that,” the Dutch star added. So, the Honda engine appears reliable and the Red Bull Racing car seems to be competitive but winning the championship is a long-term goal for Verstappen. Currently, it is only ‘well-wishing’ for him.

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen | Photo by Dávid Harangozó

F1 is not easy, but still worth it

Everybody thinks that Formula 1 is a glamorous and amazing sport, but being a motorsport driver is not always fun. The Dutch driver gave Diplomacy&Trade a quick insight into his approach by saying that “the best thing in our sport is driving the car; it is so fast that nothing else comes close. And what is the worst thing in our sport? I wouldn’t say it is the worst, but you are just travelling a lot and so you are away from your family and friends.” There are also unforgettable moments in the sport, which makes it so sweet – like the wins, especially the very first one,” he said, adding that “the wins will always be very special but the first one was really emotional.”
Max Verstappen won his first race with Red Bull Racing, at the Spanish GP in 2016. Luck was with the Dutch driver as the two dominating Mercedes drivers, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, crashed after the start and the young Red Bull driver inherited the leading position. Fans also play an important role in Verstappen’s life. “My latest victory was in Austria, with a Red Bull car, on the Red Bull Ring, with a lot of Dutch fans in attendance – it was also very special for me.” In general, it is “great to see that fans come to the track and that they are very passionate about F1.” Actually, Verstappen became an F1 hero in the Netherlands and as such, he could motivate his fellow countrymen to regularly follow the sport. Therefore, it is not easy to be Max Verstappen and live in limelight but as the Dutch says: “it is a lot better in Monaco”. “Everything happens for a reason” Max Verstappen arrived to the premier category straight from F3, skipping F2/GP2, speeding his way up to F1. The young star said he never had a role model in the sport. “I never had a favourite driver. Not even my father. He was never a hero for me. He is my Dad and I have a lot of respect for him and for what he has achieved. However, I see him more as my Dad, the guy who helped me become who I am today.” Verstappen is so young, he admits that “there are a lot of mistakes you make, some bigger than others. ”In 2019, the Dutch driver seems to be more mature and thus, he has fewer critics. ”It is pretty normal when everything is going smoothly, without crazy things happening, there is not much to write about. I am not happy or disappointed about that, this is how it goes in F1.” Would there be one moment what Verstappen would change in his career? “Not really. Everything has happened for a reason. I am happy with how it is going so far.”
Max Verstappen won his first race with Red Bull Racing, at the Spanish GP in 2016. Luck was with the Dutch driver as the two dominating Mercedes drivers, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, crashed after the start and the young Red Bull driver inherited the leading position. Fans also play an important role in Verstappen’s life. “My latest victory was in Austria, with a Red Bull car, on the Red Bull Ring, with a lot of Dutch fans in attendance – it was also very special for me.”
In general, it is “great to see that fans come to the track and that they are very passionate about F1.” Actually, Verstappen became an F1 hero in the Netherlands and as such, he could motivate his fellow countrymen to regularly follow the sport. Therefore, it is not easy to be Max Verstappen and live in limelight but as the Dutch says: “it is a lot better in Monaco”.

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen | Photo by Dávid Harangozó

“Everything happens for a reason”

Max Verstappen arrived to the premier category straight from F3, skipping F2/GP2, speeding his way up to F1. The young star said he never had a role model in the sport. “I never had a favourite driver. Not even my father. He was never a hero for me. He is my Dad and I have a lot of respect for him and for what he has achieved. However, I see him more as my Dad, the guy who helped me become who I am today.” Verstappen is so young, he admits that “there are a lot of mistakes you make, some bigger than others. ”In 2019, the Dutch driver seems to be more mature and thus, he has fewer critics. ”It is pretty normal when everything is going smoothly, without crazy things happening, there is not much to write about. I am not happy or disappointed about that, this is how it goes in F1.” Would there be one moment what Verstappen would change in his career? “Not really. Everything has happened for a reason. I am happy with how it is going so far.”

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