Max Verstappen’s dad has first face-to-face encounter with Toto Wolff after brutal comment

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MAX VERSTAPPEN’S father, Jos, has had an encounter with Mercedes chief Toto Wolff.

Max Verstappen's dad has first face-to-face encounter with Toto Wolff after brutal comment

Jos Verstappen encountered Toto Wolff at Imola (Picture: GETTY)

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Max Verstappen’s dad had his first encounter with Toto Wolff since making brutal feedback concerning the Mercedes chief final yr. Jos Verstappen agreed that Wolff was a ‘unhealthy loser’ after Max toppled Lewis Hamilton to win the 2021 Drivers’ World Championship.

Verstappen Jnr and Hamilton shared a tense rivalry final yr as they battled for the world championship. They crashed on the observe on a few events and clashed in a war-of-words off it.

The Dutchman’s father – who loved a profitable Formulation One profession of his personal between 1994 and 2003 – has been a staunch supporter of his son. His relationship with Mercedes chiefs got here to a head when Verstappen overcame Hamilton to win the world championship.

However Jos and Wolff have now shared a pleasant encounter. The previous was talking to the media within the paddock on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. In accordance with F1 Insider, Wolff then approached Jos and greeted the Dutchman with a handshake. Verstappen Snr, barely shocked by the encounter, turned to the assembled media and mentioned: “That was the primary contact I’ve had with Toto since Silverstone 2021.”

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Max Verstappen's dad has first face-to-face encounter with Toto Wolff after brutal comment

Max Verstappen overcame Lewis Hamilton to win the 2021 title, a lot to Mercedes’ fury (Picture: GETTY)

Silverstone was a key milestone within the rivalry between Verstappen and Hamilton. The pair collided and blamed one another for the incident. The Verstappen household discovered Hamilton and Mercedes celebrating their victory at Silverstone whereas the Pink Bull star lay in hospital after their high-speed collision ‘disrespectful’ and was a turning level within the rivalry as issues turned bitter.

It was Verstappen who went on to win the world championship in the long run, denying Hamilton a document eighth title. A contentious resolution on the ultimate lap of the ultimate race allowed the 24-year-old to move Hamilton, who had led for nearly the whole Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The world champion then signed a brand new contract with Pink Bull in March. He has prolonged his take care of the staff till 2028.

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Max Verstappen's dad has first face-to-face encounter with Toto Wolff after brutal comment

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff was branded a ‘poor loser’ by Jos Verstappen (Picture: GETTY)

Talking after his son signed the contract, Jos aimed a dig at Wolff, who had protested and appealed the ending to the 2021 world championship. The 50-year-old mentioned he not had any relationship with the Austrian – one thing that may have been disproved in Italy.

“Right here at Pink Bull Racing we’re in an excellent place,” Jos mentioned. “There have been conversations with Toto Wolff and I additionally thought we had an excellent relationship with him, however the actual Toto has proven himself currently. There is no such thing as a relationship anymore.”

When quizzed on whether or not Wolff was a ‘unhealthy loser’, he then added: “You would say that, sure. Mercedes was, in fact, main for years. Now they’re cornered for the primary time and also you see one other Toto. It’s a disgrace, however that’s the way you get to know folks.” Nevertheless, the pair now appear to have buried the hatchet with Verstappen Jr combating Charles Leclerc for the title this season whereas Hamilton and Mercedes’ struggles go on. Verstappen can shut the hole on his Ferrari rival this weekend when F1 returns with the inaugural Miami Grand Prix.


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