Max Verstappen (24) first brought the Formula 1 boom and now the world championship title to Holland. The reaction of his home country to the success is reminiscent of the Schumania that broke out in this country in the mid-1990s. Verstappen also has a strong German streak.
The Dutchman speaks almost perfect German, although he did not learn the language at school. “My father started speaking German with me at a very early age,” he told ABMS reporters even before he won the title. “Mainly on the go-kart tracks. He wanted it that way, in order to have a balance to the conversations at home. “
The current defending champion has even more in common with the German record world champion. As a former team-mate at Benetton, Jos Verstappen was close friends with Michael Schumacher. Both families even went on vacation together. Meanwhile, more and more photos of the Mini-Max with Schumacher senior are appearing.
But of course, at the time, Verstappen junior did not yet know who the amiable uncle really was. Verstappen to ABMS: “I was three or four years old at the time. I just knew this was Uncle Michael. Who was very nice. Who was an extremely big family man. But I never saw him as a record world champion, I wasn’t aware of that. You can see that in the old photos and videos that we have at home. Mick or Gina (Schumacher’s daughter; d. Editor) was always there. It was great. I still have positive memories of those weekends today. “
Especially since things got down to business quickly. “We always went karting in two-seaters,” says Verstappen. “Michael with Mick or Gina, my father with me.” The kids were also allowed to take the wheel. “But when it got too dangerous, the fathers quickly took over,” laughs Max today.