Max Verstappen not inspired by Red Bull boss Christian Horner’s management style – “I get that eternal urge of perfection from him”

Red Bull ace Max Verstappen may not intend to stay in the sport as a driver for as long as some of his contemporaries, but the 26-year-old is already having serious discussions over how he will continue to serve in F1 after his racing days come to an end.

Even when he is not racing, Verstappen loves to spend time on his simulator and the Dutchman opened up about his post-retirement plans, predominantly linked to the project racing.

Max Verstappen. Credit:
Max Verstappen. Credit:

His team principal is currently Christian Horner at Red Bull, but Verstappen doesn’t think he will be serve the role in a similar manner.

Instead, the three-time world champion feels his style would be similar to that of his father Jos Verstappen.

“I don’t necessarily see myself as a Christian Horner,” Verstappen said.

“But I want to know everything and be involved in everything.“

Verstappen then opened up on how he didn’t necessarily see many similarities between himself and his father as a kid, but has grown to become a similar individual.

“When I was little, I used to say, ‘I don’t look like my dad’. But as I get older I notice more and more how much I resemble him. How much energy I put into things to get things done right.

“How serious I can be about it and how much time I spend on it. I really get that eternal urge for perfection from him.”

Verstappen further explained how ideally, he would prefer to have an advisory role as opposed to that of a team principal who is involved in day-to-day operations.

His only criterion when it comes to selecting personnel would be the candidate’s hunger and desire to strive for perfection.

This is something he feels is imperative after he has seen both himself and his father Jos reap benefits from this sort of personality.

F1 is an expensive sport and often, talented individuals don’t have the financial means to forge a career in it. This is something Verstappen is fully aware of, with one of his stated goals being to offer aspiring young drivers the platform to showcase their skills.

The Dutchman feels that identifying this talent at a young age is imperative and he will make the necessary arrangements to aid bright prospects.

Currently, Verstappen leads the Team Redline project which has given him a route to make this goal a realistic possibility.

Team Redline is one of the biggest teams when it comes to e-sports where they have won numerous simulator racing competitions.

Verstappen himself is an avid sim racer and therefore plays a big role in nurturing younger talent there.

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