Xevi Pujolar, former race engineer for Max Verstappen in his early years in Formula 1, praises Verstappen’s talent and his ability to push himself and those around him to extract maximum performance, considering Verstappen as a friend for life.
‣ Max Verstappen is a three-time world champion
‣ Xevi Pujolar was Verstappen’s race engineer at Toro Rosso
‣ Pujolar now works at Alfa Romeo and does not talk about leaving the Red Bull family
‣ Pujolar saw Verstappen’s talent immediately and considers him a friend for life
In the world of Formula 1, Max Verstappen is now a three-time world champion. However, his journey to success began when he joined Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri) as a rookie. Xevi Pujolar, Verstappen’s former race engineer, played a crucial role in his development, helping him become the successful driver he is today.
Pujolar, who currently works for Alfa Romeo (Sauber) as the head of trackside engineering, doesn’t openly discuss why he left the Red Bull family. Instead, he prefers to focus on his former pupil’s accomplishments. When asked about Verstappen’s early days in Formula 1, Pujolar was filled with admiration. He recalls being impressed by Verstappen’s curiosity and drive to push himself and those around him to reach their full potential.
“One thing that really stood out to me was his determination to extract every ounce of performance, not just from himself, but also from everyone around him. It was remarkable,” Pujolar shared. He also emphasized the strong bond he shares with Verstappen, considering him a friend for life.
Verstappen’s talent was evident right from the start, and Pujolar’s guidance played a crucial role in nurturing that talent. Their time together at Toro Rosso laid the foundation for Verstappen’s remarkable career in Formula 1. As Pujolar reminisced about the early days, it’s clear that he takes great pride in seeing his former pupil grow into a star in the sport.
Despite leaving the Red Bull family, Pujolar’s support for Verstappen remains unwavering. His experience working closely with the Dutch driver has provided him with a unique perspective on Verstappen’s journey to becoming a world champion. As Verstappen continues to shine on the track, Pujolar will always cherish the memories and lessons shared during their time together.
Xevi Pujolar, former race engineer of Max Verstappen, reflects on the early days of the Dutchman’s career and the remarkable talent he possessed. Pujolar speaks highly of Verstappen’s determination and his ability to motivate those around him. While Pujolar may not openly discuss his departure from the Red Bull family, his admiration for Verstappen as a friend and driver remains steadfast. The guidance and support Pujolar provided in Verstappen’s early years played a pivotal role in shaping him into the three-time world champion he is today.