Jos Verstappen has launched a remarkable attack on his son's current teammate at Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo after the Australian's reactions to clenching pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday morning.
Ricciardo's flying final lap in qualifying took him ahead of Verstappen in the orders to put him on pole for Sunday's race.
Jos Verstappen, who is a former F1 driver himself, revealed how "irritated" and "annoyed" his son was at his teammate's reactions to knocking him off pole.
While Ricciardo celebrated a fantastic qualifying session on Saturday, the soon-to-be Renault driver suffered an unbelievable eighth retirement of the season on race day to take his frustrations with Red Bull to a new level, claiming he does not see the point in turning up for the final two races of the season.
Although Ricciardo's celebrations in qualifying turned to pure frustration on race day, with Max Verstappen claiming victory, Jos Verstappen claims his son and himself are still upset over the exuberant reactions from the Aussie the day before.
Jos said that Max was "angry" after losing pole in qualifying to his teammate and had trouble sleeping.
“I was not really happy myself, but I spoke to him (Max) before bedtime,” Jos said to Ziggo Sport.
“I tried to calm him down a bit, he was particularly angry because the car was out of order. That pole position is nice, but winning is of course much more important.”
“He was especially annoyed by missing the pole and by the car, but also by Ricciardo."
“He celebrated his pole position with an exuberance as if he had become world champion. He (Max) was very angry.
“He was greatly exasperated and wanted only one thing, that was winning the race.”
He said his son usually goes a little bit harder when he’s angry, which was obvious on race day.
Max Verstappen went on to praise his dad for the season he has had, revealing the advice he still listens to from his days in karting.
“Even if there are a lot of things written, I really don’t care. My dad always taught me in karting back in the day if I was maybe overdriving or something, he would always tell me: ‘Max even if you think you’re not going fast enough, it’s still fast enough’.
“I basically put my feelings back to that a little bit and it seems to have made a bit faster.”
Verstappen currently sits fifth in the standings, while his teammate Ricciardo is one place below in sixth as the season comes to an end.
Both drivers will be hoping for a strong end to the championship (despite Ricciardo claiming he doesn't see the point) and by the sounds of it, both will want to get one last victory over the other.
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