Jos Verstappen amps up anti-Checo vibe by unleashing scathing attack on ‘someone not used to winning that often’

Former F1 driver Jos Verstappen was far from happy after seeing Sergio Perez pip his son Max to win his first race of the season.

It is believed that Jos refused to congratulate Checo while the rest of the Red Bull team celebrated, but there are some that argue that a handshake was eventually offered.

Jos Verstappen did not congratulate Sergio Perez. Credit:
Jos Verstappen did not congratulate Sergio Perez. Credit:

If showing a cold face was not enough, Jos has now resorted to taking a cheeky dig at Perez.

It was perhaps what F1 fans have come to expect from the outspoken father of Max.

There was also drama late in the race as despite reliability issues, Max pushed his car and defied team orders to ensure that he ended the GP with a bonus point for fastest lap.

For Jos, his son’s behaviour was completely justified.

“I just knew he was going to do it,” Jos Verstappen said regarding the final lap of the race when Max won the bonus point.

“Nice is not it? That way he will at least remain leader in the championship.

“Of course we all want to win but that was not possible today. The margin was too small for that. I don’t think he [Perez] gets the chance that often. He sees that too and then goes for it.

“It went against us in qualifying. Bad luck, I won’t go into that. We know what it is. But otherwise Max just easily drives to that pole position. And then the race is a bit easier.

“Because we actually already predicted: it is quite difficult to come forward here. This is a track with long turns, it’s hard to make a difference there. We need more difficult circuits and more corners.”

Gianpiero Lambiase and Max Verstappen. Credit:
Gianpiero Lambiase and Max Verstappen. Credit:

It wasn’t just a dig at Checo’s mindset, rather Jos wanted to send a warning to the entire field regarding what to expect from his son this campaign.

“It looks like we will be dominant,” he said.

“We have a very good car. If you saw how easily they drove away now too: a second faster.

“Whether that can be overtaken by the rest this year? I don’t know. But it’s not like we’re standing still either. We are also coming up with updates.”

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