Former Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen was not only Michael Schumacher’s partner at Benetton – the drivers were family friends and spent their free time together. Max Verstappen remembered how his father took him to go karting with Michael and his children – Mick and Gina.
Max Verstappen: “Then I did not know who Michael Schumacher was. I was three or four years old, I knew that this was Uncle Michael – he was very kind and loved his family. I never looked at him as the record holder for the number of titles – I just didn’t know that. Mick and Gina were always with us. Great times. I still fondly remember the weekend at the karting track.
Who won? Nobody, because we just wanted to have fun. We always raced on double karts: Michael with Mick or Gina, and my father with me. And when it got too dangerous, the fathers quickly took control.
Mick and I have known each other for a long time, although then I did not know German. I can’t imagine how we talked. But three- or four-year-olds don’t have communication problems, even if they speak different languages.
Being the son of a famous racing driver is easy only if everything goes well. It’s much worse when problems begin. But Mick is in a completely different situation. His father is a seven-time world champion, so it’s not easy for him from the very beginning. Even during his karting days, Mick was constantly under pressure. In Formula 4, Formula 3, in Formula 2 – the attention to him is constantly growing. But he is surrounded by good people – they are all great at it. “
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