Jos ‘enjoyed’ seeing Max lap Hamilton at Imola

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Jos ‘enjoyed’ seeing Max lap Hamilton at Imola

Jos Verstappen has admitted he loved seeing his son Max lap Lewis Hamilton at Imola following the duo’s fierce title battle final 12 months.

It was a dominant weekend for the Purple Bull driver and one which noticed him win the dash race, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, take pole place for each and document the quickest lap.

This time final 12 months, solely he and Lewis Hamilton had received a race and what would show to be one of the vital thrilling title races in years was starting to take form.

Twelve months on although and the distinction between Purple Bull and Mercedes may hardly be higher. Verstappen stays one in every of two drivers to have received a race at this level of the season however this time it’s Charles Leclerc and never Hamilton alongside him.

That hole was finest demonstrated at Imola the place Verstappen lapped Hamilton and whereas the driving force was apathetic in direction of the state of affairs, his father Jos admitted he loved seeing it.

“Truthfully, I did get pleasure from seeing Max lap Hamilton after every little thing that occurred final 12 months,” Jos wrote in a column on the web site.

“Hamilton actually had a troublesome time, whereas his team-mate George Russell appeared to be extra balanced. It’s not usually you might have the chance to lap a Mercedes.”

The 50-year-old mirrored on Max’s efficiency at Imola and described it as a “good weekend”.

“Max had a wonderful weekend at Imola,” he mentioned. “I discovered him extremely sturdy. He didn’t make a single mistake, was strong and utterly in management.

“Purple Bull clearly made a step in the proper route. In fact, we knew the automotive would get an improve in Italy, however with the climate circumstances it was onerous to make a comparability. However we are able to undoubtedly conclude now we have grow to be stronger.

“Saturday, in the course of the dash, we noticed the primary glimpses of this. Max caught up with Charles [Leclerc]. It meant Ferrari needed to push tougher, forcing them to make use of the tyres extra. In Italy, Max and Purple Bull put Ferrari beneath stress, and when beneath stress it’s straightforward to make a mistake. If you’re effortlessly main, that probability is so much smaller.

“It turned out to be an ideal weekend for Max.”


The subsequent day, Verstappen was awarded the Laureus World Sports activities Award for Sportsman of the 12 months and Jos mentioned it was a “large honour”.

“I by no means actually thought of it, however I have to admit I discover it slightly particular,” he mentioned.

“It’s an enormous honour – he’s the primary Dutch particular person to attain this award. We are able to safely assume Max belongs to the largest athletes the Netherlands has ever had.

“Solely on Monday I discovered he had thanked me particularly in his speech. I’m very touched by this lovely gesture.”



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