Jos Verstappen, father of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, has claimed that his son will "only get better" in Formula One.
Verstappen received heavy praise for his attack-minded drive during last Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, which saw the Dutchman move from 16th position to 3rd in the closing stages of the race after a variety of sensational overtakes on a rain-soaked Interlagos track .
Despite receiving praise for his performance last Sunday by the likes of Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner, the 19-year-old has taken his fair share of criticism over his driving throughout the season with Formula One legend Niki Lauda branding the young driver as "stupid" and "arrogant".
However, his father, Jos, believes that his son has been unaffected by the negative criticism thrown his way.
"He doesn't care, he doesn't mind," said Verstappen Snr, via Sky Sports. "I'm more into that and he says 'shut up, it's fine'. He doesn't care."
A former Formula One driver himself, Jos then went on to say:
"We are not here for somebody else, we are here for ourselves."
Max Verstappen arrived on the Formula One scene last year as the sport's youngest-ever driver and has seen some outstanding performances be overshadowed by controversies surrounding the 19-year-old's defensive manoeuvres.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in particular has had several run-ins with the Dutchman and was again displeased with the youngster during Sunday's race when a passing move which the German described as "not correct" saw Vettel's car take to the grass.
Speaking of his son's performance at the Brazilian Grand Prix, Jos added:
"He's 19, his second year in Formula 1 and if he can deliver a race like this we have a lot of enjoyable years in front of us."