Max Verstappen’s father has title battle theory as son takes on Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton

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Former Formula One driver and father of Max, Jos Verstappen, believes Mercedes haven’t fully understood how good the Dutchman is yet, as the title fight with Lewis Hamilton is set to intensify over the next few weeks.

Verstappen has a 12 point lead heading into the final five races of the season, with Hamilton trailing behind in second place.

And victory for Verstappen at the United States Grand Prix could have proved to be a pivotal moment for Red Bull at the Circuit of the Americas, somewhere that was hailed “Hamilton territory” by Christian Horner coming into the weekend.

But with such pressure on Verstappen to seal the deal on a maiden title, his father believes the 24-year-old has the tools in his locker to do it, alongside a highly ambitious team.

“Knowing Red Bull, they are really going for it,” Jos Verstappen said to Formule 1 magazine about the inception of Red Bull Powertrains. 

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“Red Bull just wants to be completely independent – that’s the best thing there is.

“Max is important for the whole project. Red Bull knows how good Max is, Mercedes doesn’t yet. And maybe that is a good thing for them,” he said with a laugh.

“How nice would it be if you start here and, eventually, also stop and be successful? Why not? As long as he has a winning car.

“We know what we have in each other. It clicks and we have fun.

“If Max hadn’t had setbacks in Baku, Silverstone, and Budapest, he would be 50 points or more ahead now,” said Jos.

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“For Formula One, this title fight is insanely good, because it’s also between two teams. Without Max, Lewis would have been World Champion by now.”

Verstappen has reaffirmed his laid-back approach by insisting he’s not feeling the pressure from his intense title fight with Hamilton, as the Dutchman looks to claim a maiden title with just five races remaining.

With just five races remaining, Verstappen added he’s remaining level-headed about it all.

“Sometimes people take F1 too seriously, like it’s a life-or-death situation, thinking ‘If I don’t make it to Formula 1, my life is over,’ or something like that,” said Verstappen, speaking to the New York Times.

“For me, that was never the case and never will be. I’m very happy that I am in Formula One now, but even if I wasn’t, I would still do something else, racing-related stuff to have fun, to have a good time.”

Verstappen leads the way by 12 points over Hamilton heading to Mexico City this weekend, with the race getting underway on Sunday.

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