Q & A - Max Verstappen
Who is Max Verstappen? He is a 12-year old Dutch karter who is an official team driver with CRG/Maxter in the WSK Euro series. The son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, Max dominated WSK KF3 and dreams of getting to F1 himself.
Among the young drivers who have stepped to the fore in the WSK Euro Series in 2010, Max Verstappen, doubtlessly, tops the bill. He has immediately showed his qualities, despite his young age – he will be thirteen next 30th September and he can take part in the KF3 races thanks to the new international regulation.
Son of the former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, who was karting European Champion in the 100 ICA in 1989, Max definitely got the talent of a real champion.
His professional attitude on the paddock is accompanied by a great confidence. He is very determined during the race, especially in the overtaking phase, but at the same time he is a skilful tactician, perfectly aware of how tricky scuffles can be – and scuffles are a staple ingredient in such a young and lively category like KF3. He is sensible and endowed with good manners, a great sense of respect for his competitors but at the same time he is an outstanding fighter. He is definitely a fully-fledged champion!
This is the year of his début in the WSK, after winning all the junior national championship he took part in in Belgium and the Netherlands: Mini, Rotax Mini Max, Cadets and KF5. In the WSK, in KF3, his pace gave his competitors no chances: he has practically always managed to step on the podium, both in the finals and the pre-finals, achieving 5 wins on 10 races, besides two second places and two third place. These are outstanding results, especially in a tricky and demanding category like the KF3.
With Jos Verstappen as father, his future is already sketched: car-racing is just round the corner, then the next step brings directly to the F1. When we asked him about his dreams for the future, his answer was rather obvious and immediate: “Being a F1 driver!”
For the time being, he got his first International trophy and here is his first comment on the first part of the season. “Winning the WSK Championship was a great result" says a joyful Max Verstappen. "I’m very happy also because this is my first year of international competitions. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m glad of how things have been going so far.”
Did you expect to get such good results in KF3?
Which is your opinion on the CRG chassis and the Maxter engine that you are using this year?
What do you have on schedule now?
How important is your father for your results?
Which is the win in the WSK that you remember better?
How is school going?
Do you manage to have any hobbies?
Max Verstappen’s results in the 2010 WSK Euro Series
Max Verstappen’s list of Trophies - Hasselt (B), 30th September 1997.