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Jos: Max is faster when he's angry

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30/10/2018

Over the course of twenty-four hours, emotions on both sides of the Red Bull garage couldn't have been more stark.

On Saturday, Daniel Ricciardo was grinning from ear to ear having taken a sensational pole, while teammate Max Verstappen, who had dominated every practice session but lost out on pole by 0.026s had a face like thunder.

Come Sunday afternoon and the Australian was looking for a wall to punch, while the Dutch youngster was celebrating a commanding win.

Talking to Ziggo Sport's 'Peptalk', Jos Verstappen has admitted that it was the anger and frustration of Saturday that helped fuel his son's performance a day later.

"Like Max, I was disappointed," said the veteran of 107 Grands Prix. "I phoned him before he went to bed and I tried to calm him down a bit because he was very angry that the car wasn't perfect. But in the end, a pole position is nice, but winning is more important.

"I talked to him on Sunday morning," added the Dutchman, who knows a little bit about anger himself. "Apparently he hadn't slept well at all. He was still frustrated that he missed out on pole because of the car. But usually when Max is angry, he drives even faster. He really wanted to make a point and win this race.

"The whole weekend he was dominant. I actually think it was better he started from second. If you look at Hamilton's start, he squeezed between the Red Bulls. If Max had pole, he would've been on the outside and Hamilton on the inside, instead of the other way around. So in the end, it worked out well. He knew how quick the Ferrari was going to be so he made sure there was no space for Vettel alongside him. It meant Vettel was boxed in."

However, Max' issues throughout the weekend, and the late retirement of his teammate, meant a nerve wracking last few laps.

"You keep thinking the same could happen to Max. Also, he wasn't on the coverage that much; I wasn't able to see his tyres, which gives a good indication if there are problems. But after the race, Max told me he had taken it easy. He didn't want to overheat the tyres. He told me he was cruising.

"What Hamilton does for the sport is amazing," admitted Verstappen Snr of the five-time world champion. "But now I want to see Max race against him. We've seen it here in Mexico but the Red Bull was the fastest car. Even if Hamilton had taken the lead after the first corner, I still think Max would've won."

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1. Posted by klmn, 31/10/2018 9:04

"@Testarossa @ It is worse with Max , he wants to win and also wants to beat his teammate our Dani and then he says that openly !!!!. Not good for a F1 driver if you want to win !
Max must be humble like Mark Webber was to WDC Seb."

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2. Posted by Hondaunearthed, 30/10/2018 19:31

"absolutely have no hate because of his speed, it’s the arrogance the poor comments, the countless mistakes. Until he is consistent, until he is a world champ he needs to, sit down and be humble cause he has nothing to back it up.
I refer more to these comments during that interview that have made me have this opinion. “He was especially annoyed by missing the pole and by the car, but also by Ricciardo.
“He celebrated his pole position with an exuberance as if he had become world champion. He (Max) was very angry.”
Poor little maxy got beat on the Saturday when cause he was on top in practice apparently nobody else can have it. That is poor. He got beat. Ricciardo deserves to celebrate the way he wants to as it was a good achievement for him given it was the only other place he has been able to get a pole as well as the bad luck he had of late, which as it turned out continued"

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3. Posted by *TestaRossa*, 30/10/2018 13:38

"Yes let us hate the guy because he is so f***ing fast and does not bow for the old drivers.
Same as we all hated Lewis in the beginning ......"

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4. Posted by nonickname, 30/10/2018 12:33

"Yes you can pick your friends but not your family tree."

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5. Posted by Hondaunearthed, 30/10/2018 10:33

"Good to see that Max being a ****** comes from somewhere, unfortunately for him it was bread into him.
If you listen or read the full transcript of this interview you will understand my comment, both sore losers."

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