Is Verstappen Arrogant or Confident? His Response Revealed

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen, known for his straightforwardness and confidence, is both loved and hated for always speaking his mind, as exemplified by his witty response to Mercedes advisor Niki Lauda’s criticism in 2016, and is now considered one of the greatest drivers of all time.


‣ Max Verstappen, a three-time Formula 1 world champion, is known for his straightforwardness and confidence, which some interpret as arrogance.
‣ An anecdote from 2016 illustrates Verstappen’s boldness, when he responded to criticism from Mercedes advisor Niki Lauda by suggesting they both see a psychiatrist.
‣ Despite his youth at the time, Verstappen was not afraid to verbally challenge Lauda, a respected figure in the racing world.
‣ Verstappen believes in speaking his mind and appreciates the same quality in others, including the older generation of drivers.

Max Verstappen. Some label him as arrogant. Others? They see a three-time Formula 1 world champ brimming with confidence. This Red Bull Racing driver doesn’t mince words. He’s not one for PR fluff. He says what he thinks, no matter what. Love him or hate him, he’s authentic.

Remember that Sunday Times magazine piece? It shared a story that perfectly captured Verstappen’s candid nature. Flashback to 2016. Verstappen, in a daring move, held off a rival at a blistering 300 kilometres per hour. This happened on the Kemmel straight in Spa-Francorchamps. Niki Lauda, Mercedes advisor, saw it. His verdict? “He needs to see a psychiatrist.”

Verstappen’s response? Classic. Even at 17, he shot back, “Fine, we might as well go together then.” A young gun standing up to the old master, Lauda. Fast forward to now, Verstappen’s a three-time World Champion. Lauda, sadly, is no longer with us. Verstappen’s driving skills have evolved, but his sharp wit? Unchanged.

Verstappen once mused in a magazine, “You need to have a bit of sense of humour, right?” He was referring to his exchange with Lauda. He appreciates the older generation of drivers for their outspokenness. He’s the same. He speaks his mind. If someone throws a jab, he’s ready with a counterpunch.

Today, Verstappen’s earned his right to speak. Just like Lauda back in the day. He’s now one of the greatest drivers ever. The younger generation? They look up to him with awe.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez is a senior writer at With a passion for motorsports, Albert brings a unique perspective to the world of Formula One. With over five years of experience as a sports reporter, he has honed his skills in capturing the essence of the sport.

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