While Lewis Hamilton is on the cover of Vanity Fair, his rival from last season is on the cover of Sports Illustrated Kids. In this children’s magazine, Max Verstappen talks about his journey to Formula 1 and the danger this sport poses to him.
Max Verstappen has been working since childhood to reach Formula 1, which of course sets a good example for young people who admire the world champion. What interested Verstappen so much in Formula 1? « The speed, being so low to the ground, finding the limits of the car and of yourself. Of course, there are also the engines and the smell of gasoline. These things interested me enormously when I was a child.he says in the magazine.
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An important role in his quest to Formula 1 was of course reserved for father Jos Verstappen. When Max’s classmates were playing football during the school break, he and his father were busy talking about karting and circuits.
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« You have to have that mentality of working hard from an early age. There are a lot of talented kids and riders out there who can put in a fast lap. It’s just about taking that extra step and thinking how do you can improve and beat the other kids. »
Formula 1, a dangerous sport, but…
Of course, the premier class is often tagged with » dangerous sport « and if Verstappen does not deny it, he nuances a little and relativizes. « Crossing New York by bike is more dangerous than driving in F1? I think there is more chance of having an accident there than in Formula 1. It just depends on how you look at it. It’s also easy to slip in the shower“, concludes the Dutchman with a laugh.