Jos Verstappen Responds to Horner’s Challenge: ‘He Can Have It’

The chequered flag had barely waved in Spielberg, Austria, when Jos Verstappen left Red Bull Racing’s garage. He watched his son Max shine again but didn’t stick around to celebrate the pole for Saturday’s sprint race.

On Friday, another incident occurred between him and Christian Horner, leading Jos to skip Sunday’s Legends Parade. He didn’t want to discuss it much as he walked away.

“You know, I think it’s a bit pathetic that he’s behind it to not have me in that car,” Jos said. “So I’m like, ‘I’m not doing it, who cares?’ It’s for the fans; it should be good. But he’s so childish to play that game. Well, if he wants to play that game, he can have it.”

Jos Praises His Son

Jos was much happier about his son’s performance. Max put his RB20 on pole for the sprint race. Unlike past races where issues arose with the car, this time everything worked perfectly. “For me, it’s always Max [who made the difference]. It all has to be right. The car has to be good; otherwise, you don’t do it. And the driver has to be good too,” Jos said.

Max delivered under pressure in Austria during SQ3 with just one lap left—he nailed it! “Max remains Max,” Jos continued. “He knows what to do and is incredibly strong in everything he does.” Fans might think this shows how reliable and skilled Max truly is.

The crowd went wild when Max took first place—Austrian and Dutch fans cheered loudly! “Yes I heard it,” Jos smiled. “And look, the first two in the championship are next to each other again. That’s what people want to see.”

Do you think this rivalry will keep getting more exciting?

Albert Ramirez
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