Jos Verstappen was in the Monaco paddock this weekend touching base with old contacts in the world of Formula 1 where he might soon be seen more regularly.
The 42-year-old Dutchman was a popular Formula 1 driver for several teams until 2003. He made 106 grand prix starts between 1994 and 2003, driving for Benetton, Simtek, Footwork, Tyrrell, Stewart, Arrows and Minardi, and scoring two podiums in the process.
In 1998 he replaced Jan Magnussen at Stewart. This year, Dane Magnussen’s son Kevin made his Formula 1 debut for the top team McLaren. Now Verstappen is hoping his own son is close to making the leap.
De Telegraaf newspaper reports that the reason for Jos Verstappen’s Monte Carlo paddock visit was to talk to his Formula 1 contacts about his son, 16-year-old Max.
Last year, Verstappen junior made the step from karts to cars, and in 2014 he is racing in the FIA’s highly-regarded European F3 championship.
Verstappen has already secured his first pole and win, and so his well-known father was keen to spread the word among the decision-makers in the world of Formula 1.
“It’s nice to see that there is plenty of interest in Max,” Jos is quoted as saying afterwards.
“His performances have not gone unnoticed, people are talking about him, and that’s always a good sign,” he added of his son, whose mother Sophie Kumpen was a successful kart driver.
Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat raced in the European F3 series last year. Another F1 family member on the grid this year is Lucas Auer, the nephew of Formula 1 legend Gerhard Berger. (GMM)