Verstappen Reveals No Secret in Crucial Grand Prix Preparation

Max Verstappen, the 2023 Formula 1 world champion, revealed in an interview that he prefers minimal preparation before getting in the car, despite his trainer’s insistence on reaction exercises, and despite his criticism of the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award, he is among the nominees.

Highlights

‣ Max Verstappen had an exceptional season in his RB19, winning 19 Grands Prix in the 2023 Formula 1 season.
‣ Verstappen’s approach to preparation is minimalistic, preferring to do as little as possible before getting in the car.
‣ Despite his criticism of the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ election, Verstappen is among the nominees.
‣ If Verstappen wins the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award, it would be the fourth time in his career.


Max Verstappen, the world champ from Qatar, had a stellar season with his RB19. He’s a Red Bull driver who broke numerous records, taking home 19 Grand Prix wins in the 2023 Formula 1 season. You know the old saying, right? Half the battle is good prep. But does that hold true for Verstappen? Let’s hear it from the Dutchman himself.

“Everyone’s got their own way of prepping before they hop in the car,” Verstappen said during a Viaplay interview. It’s kinda cool, right? If everyone was the same, it’d be boring. Some folks need tunes before they get behind the wheel, others need to warm up with specific reactivity drills,” the three-time world champ pointed out.

So, what about Verstappen’s prep? “I’m like, I want to do as little as possible actually, because if things go badly you can’t say, ‘Yeah no but I didn’t do this, I didn’t do that’,” the 26-year-old driver continued. According to Verstappen, not much is crucial in his prep. “Yes actually nothing, only my trainer wants me to do those reaction things. I’m fine with it all,” he admits with a chuckle.

Despite his own criticism of the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ election, Verstappen is among the nominees. Back in October, he called the election a ridiculous prize, which he didn’t want to win. But if Verstappen does end up winning this award, it’d be the fourth time in his career.

So, there you have it.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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