LE CASTELLET, FRANCE - JUNE 20: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing holds his trophy as he celebrates with performance coach Bradley Scanes after winning the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 20, 2021 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

End of the road for Verstappen and F1 coach Scanes

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE - JUNE 20: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing holds his trophy as he celebrates with performance coach Bradley Scanes after winning the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 20, 2021 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen and Bradley Scanes, the Formula 1 World Champion’s performance coach since 2020, have parted ways, the Briton a constant presence in the Dutchman’s corner during his three title-winning years choosing to spend more time with his family.

From Monaco to race tracks worldwide, travelling with Max, Scanes ensured the Red Bull Formula 1 driver was in peak form, mentally and physically, to extract maximum performance on the track. Verstappen won more than 40 GPs in the three years they worked together.

Scanes wrote on Instagram this week: “368 flights, 3 World Championships. 1 great friend I’m going to miss you mate. We pushed. We had fun. We won. We accepted nothing less. Maybe I added a few percent here and there but you keep doing you my friend, this is just part of your magical story ❤️. Thank you for being part of mine.”

De Telegraaf reports that Scanes wants to spend less time travelling and more time with his family, in the wake of a mammoth 22-round 2023 Formula 1 season. Next year there are even more Grand Prix weekends on the schedule.

For now, the identity of Verstappen’s new performance coach is unknown. He previously worked with Jake Aliker in F1.

Meanwhile, Verstappen has a few sponsor obligations before the annual FIA Prize-Giving where he will collect his third F1 World Champion’s trophy for the dominant season he just completed. And a much-deserved holiday after that.

Next year’s pre-season testing begins on 21 February at Bahrain International Circuit for three days of ahead of the 2024 F1 World Championship season-opening Grand Prix at the same venue a week later.

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