Jos Verstappen Seeks More Competition Following Dominant 2023 Performance

Max Verstappen had a historic season, winning 19 races and leading Red Bull to victory in 21 of 22 races, although his father, Jos Verstappen, admits that more competition would make the sport more enjoyable.


‣ Max Verstappen had a historic season, winning 19 times and his team, Red Bull, won 21 out of 22 races.
‣ This level of success is compared to McLaren’s memorable 1998 season and Ayrton Senna’s dominance when he won 15 out of 16 races.
‣ Despite the success, Jos Verstappen, Max’s father, admits that more competition would make the sport more enjoyable.
‣ There is a lot of confidence in the Verstappen camp for the 2024 season with the RB20, with Max having trust in his team’s strategies.

Max Verstappen’s season was one for the history books. The three-time world champion claimed victory 19 times. His father, Jos Verstappen, is basking in the success. However, he admits that a bit more competition would add to the excitement.

Red Bull, the Austrian racing team, dominated the track this year. They won 21 out of 22 races. This achievement surpasses even McLaren’s remarkable 1998 season.

Jos Verstappen reflected on the current state of racing in an interview with “I think the cars [today] have more level. If you look at the McLaren that won 15 out of 16 races when [Ayrton] Senna was driving, they were one second faster than everyone else at that time,” he said.

“But now, we’re fast, sure. But so are Ferrari and sometimes McLaren,” Verstappen Sr. added. He believes that Max’s success requires an intense focus on details. “He [Max] has to be focused at that level – because everything is about details to make it happen – every time.”

The Verstappens are optimistic about 2024. With the RB20, things seem to be moving in the right direction. “He has confidence in the team and what they are coming up with,” said Verstappen.

But will Max have to push harder to match this season’s success? Both Max and team boss Christian Horner have said it’s unlikely. Jos, however, would welcome more competition. “We want to win the races, but I’d also like him to fight and then come away with the victory, or maybe not. I think everyone wants to see that.”

The 2021 title was a thrill, especially since it wasn’t decided until the very last day. “I am a fan of the sport, I am a fan of Formula 1. It’s nice to win 18 or 19 races in the season. But to win the championship like he did in 2021, I enjoyed that too anyway, so… why not?” Max Verstappen’s father concluded.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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