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Inside Max Verstappen’s relationship with his father Jos, who was once arrested for attempted murder

WHEN emerging youngster Max Verstappen spewed sparks from the victory podium in Abu Dhabi as seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton stared on, it marked the beginning of a new era in Formula One.

Championship winnerHis aggressive driving and frank comments prompted many, including his British rival – and the young Dutchman, to admit his attitude stemmed from his intimidating father.

Critics believe the unusual decision is to create drama for the F1 documentary Netflix is ​​filming, Drive To Survive

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Critics believe the unusual decision is to create drama for the F1 documentary Netflix is ​​filming, Drive To SurviveCredit: AFP
Jos'the Boss' Verstappen, 49, is a former F1 driver with a violent past

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Jos ‘the Boss’ Verstappen, 49, is a former F1 driver with a violent pastCredit: Refer to Footnote

Jos “the Boss” Verstappen, 49, is a former F1 driver with a violent past, including once arrested for attempted murder, who ruthlessly advances his son’s career.

And The Sun can reveal that the three-times-married father of five has been accused of adopting his tough love approach to parenting.

Now, the enmity between his 24 year old son Max and Lewis, 36 years old, can even outstrip classic competitors throughout racing history – James Hunt v Niki Lauda in 1970, Nigel Mansell v Nelson Piquet in the 80s and 1990s Michael Schumacher v Mika Hakkinen.

Red Bull driver Max paid tribute to his father after his win on Sunday, helping him claim his first championship after he edged Hamilton competitively arguing on the final lap of the season.

Trying to hold back tears, he said: “My goal as a child was to be a Formula One driver. You hope to win, you hope to be on the podium, and when they play the national anthem, you hope one day they’ll play your cards.

“And when you stand here and they tell you, you’re the champion, that’s kind of unbelievable.

“My dad in particular, some special moments we’ve had here. All the things that popped into your mind, all the years we spent going towards that goal and then it all came together in the final round. Is crazy “.

Jos, former teammate of the F1 legend Schumacher, boasting that the victory was called “stolen” on Sunday – criticized by critics and the subject Possible legal action by Mercedes – in his son’s DNA.

“Max really deserves this championship,” he said. He continued to fight. He’ll always fight, it’s his DNA, I guess.” Their relationship was not always so intimate.

In 2012, when Max was 15 years old, his father kicked him out of his truck as punishment for crashing into the second lap of the world championship kart race in Sarno, near Naples, Italy.

According to reports, the boy was abandoned at a gas station until picked up by his mother, go-kart champion Sophie Kumpen, and did not speak to his father for a week.

Max later recalled: “I should have won that race easily. In the first round, someone passed me and I want to get my place back in the next round.

“I was trying to get through a turn very quickly. He didn’t see me and we fought.

“That weekend my dad worked so hard and I threw it all away. He was very angry and didn’t talk to me. On the way home, about five miles away, he said something to me and we ended up arguing.”

Jos admitted: “I didn’t speak to him for six or seven days.

“I know what I’m doing. I think it helped him and shaped him. Now it’s not my job to advise him.”

Jos is clearly not afraid of confrontation and in recent weeks he has fueled the fire of his son’s rivalry

Jos inherited his no-nonsense parenting method from his father Frans, a tough man of his own, a civil servant and later ice cream parlor owner from the south of the Netherlands.

In 1998, just a year after Max was born, Jos and his father each received a five-year suspended prison sentence for cracking a man’s skull.

They reached an out-of-court settlement with the 45-year-old unnamed victim, who was part of a group that had argued with Verstappens over who could use the kart track in the Belgian town of Lanaken.

In December 2008, Jos returned to court in Tongeren for allegedly assaulting his wife of 12 years – Max’s mother – when his son was 11 years old.

He was accused of using threatening language and it was also claimed that his estranged wife’s tire was broken three times.

Jos was cleared of assault but was found guilty of sending threatening text messages and violating a previous restraining order. He was fined and sentenced to three months probation.

In November 2011, it was reported that Jos assaulted his unnamed 24-year-old girlfriend in a hotel room in Venlo, Netherlands, after a heated argument.

He denied the allegations saying: “There was a conflict, yes, that’s all.” Then, in January 2012, he was arrested for attempted murder after claiming that he drove his car into his ex-girlfriend in the Dutch city of Roermond.

He was released after two weeks in prison when charges were dropped due to lack of evidence.

Jos is clearly unafraid of confrontation and in recent weeks he has fueled the fire of his son’s rivalry.

He beat Hamilton’s Mercedes team after Brit had a horrible 180 km/h collision with his son at Silverstone this year. Max is at the hospital for check-ups while Hamilton celebrates on the podium.

Jos said: “I never spoke to Lewis. He doesn’t need to talk to me. I am nothing to him. I respect him as a driver, but the rest. . . nothing.

“Max and Lewis only spoke on the podium, very little. When I saw Max with the other drivers, I thought they got on really well. But with Lewis, nothing. Lewis is in his own world.”

Max and Lewis are now neighbors in tax haven Monaco and will find they have a lot in common if they agree to meet for drinks.

So it’s no wonder Hamilton was upset when, after Williams driver Nicholas Latifi beat five laps from the end of Sunday’s final Grand Prix, Max was allowed to pass a safety car to catch up. he’s in the last round.

Critics believe the unusual decision was to create drama for the F1 documentary Netflix is ​​filming, Drive To Survive. Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker tweeted afterwards: “What a joke. It’s stinky.”

Max and Lewis are now neighbors in tax haven Monaco and will find they have a lot in common if they agree to meet for drinks.

Hamilton grew up in Stevenage, Herts and developed a passion for racing after his father Anthony bought him a go-kart for Christmas when he was six years old.

Max started riding a quad bike in his garden in the Belgian border town of Bree.

He was still a toddler when he had such a tantrum for an upgrade that his mother called his dad, saying, “I think we have to buy Max a go-kart . Now.”

Hamilton’s father worked multiple jobs to finance his son’s training and later became his manager.

Max had spent the winter skiing with F1 star Schumacher, 52, and his son Mick, now 22, until the ace racer suffered a serious brain injury in a horrific crash on the slopes of his Alps. France.

When Max’s parents separated, he moved in with his father. His sister, Victoria, also a race car driver, lives with his mother.

Lewis became the first – and still the only – black man to race in Formula 1 when he made his debut aged 23 in 2007.

Max was just 17 years and 166 days old when he became the youngest F1 driver in 2015.

His aggressive style was considered “dangerous” during his early races – and Brazilian model girlfriend Kelly Piquet, 33, admits it worried her.

There is no one more difficult for me than my father, no matter what others say. It was never difficult, compared to him

Max Verstappen

Kelly – daughter of former F1 champion Nelson Piquet, and whose daughter comes from a relationship with Russian driver Daniil Kvyat, 27 – said: “I’ve always been super excited to support him but I’m worried not know him. injured in an accident. “

Finnish rival Kimi Räikkönen, now 42, warned Max that “sooner or later there will be a big accident”.

Max’s mentor, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, 48, admits his driving is on the “edge”.

What’s more saddening is that after colliding with 23-year-old Canadian Lance Stroll, Max used the words “slow” and “mongol” on the team radio at the Portuguese GP last October and forced to apologize.

Lewis fired his father in an alleged murder case in 2010 – but Max appears closer than ever to him.

He recently said, “All my attitudes come from my dad.

“There is no one more difficult for me than my father, no matter what others say. Compared to him, it has never been so difficult.”

Jos is clearly not afraid of confrontation and in recent weeks he has fueled the fire of his son's rivalry

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Jos is clearly not afraid of confrontation and in recent weeks he has fueled the fire of his son’s rivalryCredit: Getty
Max and Lewis are now neighbors in tax haven Monaco and will find they have a lot in common if they agree to meet for drinks.

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Max and Lewis are now neighbors in tax haven Monaco and will find they have a lot in common if they agree to meet for drinks.Credit: Rex
The young Dutchman admits his attitude comes from his scary father

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The young Dutchman admits his attitude comes from his scary father
According to reports, the boy was abandoned at a gas station until he was picked up by his mother, go-kart champion Sophie Kumpen.

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According to reports, the boy was abandoned at a gas station until he was picked up by his mother, go-kart champion Sophie Kumpen.
Max starts riding a quad bike in his garden in the Belgian border town of Bree

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Max starts riding a quad bike in his garden in the Belgian border town of Bree
Red Bull driver Max paid tribute to his father following his win on Sunday, which saw him claim his first championship after he controversially overtaking Hamilton on the final lap

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Red Bull driver Max paid tribute to his father following his win on Sunday, which saw him claim his first championship after he controversially overtaking Hamilton on the final lapCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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