Max Verstappen was warned by his dad to ‘take it back’ by Red Bull during team issues

Jos Verstappen was used to having complete control over his superstar son’s racing career – until that arrangement was forced to change abruptly when he joined Red Bull

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Red Bull officials told Max Verstappen’s dad Jos to get off his back because of his controlling behavior in F1 paddock.

Verstappen Snr had his son trained to become a champion in F1 from an early age. He was used to having complete control over his boy’s career.

Although that was allowed to fly in Max’s Karting days and other series, it was not permitted to fly once Max had taken over as Red Bull’s most valuable asset in F1.

He joined the team in 2016 as a fresh-faced teenager, after an impressive debut season in the sport with the sister team AlphaTauri – then known as Toro Rosso.

There were rumors of problems between Verstappen, Carlos Sainz and the Toro Rosso manager Graham Watson. However, Watson said that the fathers caused the most disruption within his team.

Jos Verstappen celebrates with Max, his son, in Abu Dhabi


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“To be quite honest, I didn’t experience it that way, although both were very driven and the fathers actually much more,”He told the story

“I already knew Carlos Sainz Snr from my time in rallying, so I knew both fathers well. He was extremely driven and always looked a little suspicious if the other driver in the team was getting something his own son didn’t.

“I still remember vividly the time I clashed with him in Barcelona. It must have occurred during the winter test 2016.

“He learned about the way our men worked with the car and felt it wouldn’t be fair at all. Then I was like: ‘Hang on a minute,’ and I made it very clear to him that both drivers were getting the exact same treatment.

“Jos felt disenfranchised in his own career. He certainly felt that Benetton was unfairly treating him. That’s public knowledge, I won’t be disclosing any details.

“Max definitely didn’t want that to happen and most of all wanted to beat his team-mate. He really has the mentality: ‘I will not allow the team to be built around my team-mate, the team will be built around me.’

“It might strike me more due to my years in the pitbox, but it is clear that I see Jos’ hand in that.

Jos Verstappen was once told that he had to step back from interfering with Red Bull.


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Jos continued to oversee everything during his son’s year with Toro Rosso – to the point Watson once had to tell him: “For f**k’s sake, just let the team members do their job.”

Max was eventually promoted to the Red Bull team. His father was clear that Max would not be allowed to go.

“Only when Max came to Red Bull did they tell Jos that he really had to take a step back,”Watson was also added.

“I don’t have children myself, but I can well imagine that letting go of your own son is quite difficult.”

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