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Max Verstappen Testing a Ferrari Helped Fix All Their Problems

Naman Gopal Srivastava

Max Verstappen Testing a Ferrari Helped Fix All Their Problems

In November 2023, Max Verstappen got behind the wheel of a Ferrari in Italy to mentor a young driver named Thierry Vermeulen. An avid GT racer, the Dutchman flew over to help out the son of his manager, who was struggling with the Ferrari 296 GT3. Nearly six months later, Thierry Vermeulen looks back at the day as one of the most important days of his season.

Having worked with Max Verstappen, Vermeulen has been much more confident when racing in the GT series. There were balance issues with the car that the team was unable to adjust to Vermeulen’s liking. However, ever since the November test in Mugello, things have taken a U-turn.

Vermeulen further detailed how the season has become much more positive for him and his team.

“[It] was one of the most important days of my entire season. We made a lot of progress with the car and the direction in which we had to work. Then we drove a dozen of races in the top 10, and achieved 3 podiums.” he said.

Having mentored his fellow countryman, Verstappen feels Vermeulen fulfills the requirements to build on his 2023 showing. Thus, the three-time F1 world champion is confident that his protégé will put together a solid performance in DTM in 2024.

Max Verstappen is confident Theirry Vermeulen will rise through the ranks in 2024

Driving for Emil Frey Racing in his rookie season, Theirry Vermeulen finished P16 in the drivers’ rankings. His best finish of the season was a P5 in Sachsenring in Germany.

In 2024, Vermeulen will once again race for the same team under the colors of Racing. As such, Verstappen hopes the experience gained by the young driver will help him compete at the front more consistently.

Praising the 22-year-old for his pace, the Red Bull driver even revealed Vermeulen isn’t too far off his pace. “He is very fast. When we test too, every time I drive with him, he’s within two-tenths of me all the time.”

Having only started his pro racing career in 2020, Verstappen believes Vermeulen still lacks the experience. In contrast, his rivals contain a host of veterans, including Lucas Auer, Kelvin van der Linde, and Maro Wittmann. Thus, Max Verstappen says that one has to be patient with Vermeulen as he certainly has the talent and isn’t afraid to go fast in the corners.

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Naman Gopal Srivastava

Naman Gopal Srivastava


Naman is an F1 writer at The SportsRush. Initially a football fanatic who worships Puyol and Leo Messi, Naman soon fell in love with the world of F1 upon reading about Jim Clarke. While the current era drivers do fascinate him, Naman still chooses to idolize Clarke and Ayrton Senna. When he is not busy watching the highlights of some of the greatest races of his idols, Naman can be found scribbling little snippets in his diary of poems or out in the town, exploring new places to eat.

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