Verstappen: Racing fathers won’t affect Toro Rosso drivers


Max Verstappen claims that neither he nor Toro Rosso teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. will feel any additional pressure despite both having famous racing fathers.

Max is the son of Jos Verstappen, a Formula 1 racer between 1994 and 2003, and he most notably was Michael Schumacher’s teammate for most of the 1994 season. Carlos Sainz Jr’s Dad, also called Carlos, is a legend of the rallying world, winning two World Rally Championship titles in the 1990s.

Despite arguably being under pressure to emulate their fathers, Max Verstappen does not believe that having racing fathers will have too much of an impact on him or his teammate in 2015.

“For me, it doesn’t really matter about the family behind us,” Verstappen said. “His Dad was very successful in rallying; my Dad had an F1 career. It’s two different disciplines.

“They helped us a lot in our careers to become the drivers we are right now. For sure we have to thank them a lot, and it’s nice to see them around.”

At the age of 17, Verstappen’s promotion into a full-time race seat at Toro Rosso has been a controversial one, sparking an overhaul of the requirements to race in F1 in the future.

However, he is not bothered by the extra attention he has received due to his age, and is instead focusing on starting his F1 career at the Australian Grand Prix in March.

“Not really, it hasn’t really bothered me that much to be the youngest rookie,” Verstappen said. “You focus on your job and you try to do it in the best possible way.

“My goals for this year are to be very consistent, don’t make silly mistakes and try to take a lot of points home.”