Max Verstappen is the first Dutch F1 world champion after defeating veteran Lewis Hamilton in 2021, but the success came at a great cost.
Max Verstappen when joined Formula 1, everyone realized that he was meant for great success. The question was never will he conquer? But when will he mark his glorious era.
In 2021, after a few years, since his debut in F1, Verstappen has managed to be the world champion at the mere age of 24. But that success has hardly come easy to him.
In his documentary set to be released by Ziggo Sport, Verstappen talks about his childhood. It encompasses his father and former F1 driver Jos Verstappen giving a tough time to him after junior Verstappen makes a reckless mistake during a karting competition.
This includes Jos leaving Max at a gas station alone, as the former F1 champion was furious with his son’s justifications. Though, Jos later came back to get his son from there.
The treatment by his father, in his own words, changed the world for the 2021 F1 world champion. From that onwards, Max changed himself as a driver and became the monster of the driver he’s today.
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Unstoppable Max Verstappen after that
The incident deeply touched Max, so much that he openly says he wanted to pin his father on the ground after that. However, he was too young to do it.
Though he vented his anger on racing, and the following year almost won everything. Moreover, Max feels glad that he faced such heat from his father at that tender age.
It can be argued that the harsh treatment was an excellent motivator for Max. However, the Dutch race driver always had the talent to counter that treatment, so in general, maybe, the episode might not be considered acceptable.