Max Verstappen: The Dutchman says he wants to win every possible race, and is not bothered if it’s a home or a special race.
Max Verstappen has had a good season after a shambolic start at the Austrian GP, where his car stopped midway. He has since recovered, grabbing five podiums consecutively, including winning the 70th Anniversary GP. Max currently has 95 points, and is second on the standings ahead of Mercedes no.2 Valtteri Bottas.
Max was asked by Sky Sports F1 if he has any specific races he would like to win this season. But the straight-forward racer, who speaks his mind, answered in the negative. He went on to say that it doesn’t matter which races he wins, as long as he does. This showcases the trait of a true winner, who puts his mind over heart, as he sets out to become a F1 champion.
“I would like to win any race.”
“For me it really doesn’t matter. People, you know, talk about wanting to win Monaco, some dream about a home Grand Prix victory…I don’t care!”
“I just want to win every race. It really doesn’t matter.”
Max also spoke about the importance of qualifying well for the final race day. There have been suggestions that Red Bull are not putting in their full efforts in qualifying, because of Mercedes’ dominance on Saturday. But he rebuked those suggestions, and for fairly obvious reasons – an easier race day.
“No you still always want to do well in qualifying because that can make your race a lot easier.”
Verstappen rejected Mercedes and Ferrari?
A lot is spoken about the ‘fantasy’ partnership of Lewis Hamilton and Verstappen. Well, very few are aware that he could have been a Mercedes driver, had Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko not stepped in on time. Ferrari too had come in, but they were apparently late with the proposal.
What clinched it for Red Bull was the simple fact that were willing to offer Max a Formula 1 seat in 2015. On the other hand, Mercedes wanted him to race a year in GP2 before moving the dream jump to F1. He however has no regrets on not making the moves, as told to Channel4.
“Things happen for a reason I think and I have absolutely no regrets about that decision. The dynamics in the sport are different now than when I started at Red Bull. ”
“Together with the team I have experienced many good but also less good moments. The bond has become much stronger as a result. That was shown last year, when we made some very good decisions. The team was very good together. and that was also noticeable. “