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Max Verstappen’s father has had his say on the “games” being played between Mercedes and Red Bull, but hailed his son’s win on Sunday as “very special” in Monaco.
After his triumph in the Principality, Jos’ son now leads the standings by four points over Lewis Hamilton, after the Mercedes driver suffered his worst weekend yet this season.
In the aftermath of the win, Hamilton said he refused to get involved in a “childish war of words” with Verstappen after claiming he had “a lot to prove” in Formula One coming into the weekend, something the Dutchman dismissed.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner threw his hat into the ring and suggested his driver’s performance was starting to rattle his main title rival.
However with the blow to Mercedes, Verstappen said he felt perhaps the point had been proven in Monaco.
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“First of all actions speak louder than words, I think that’s a good lesson after this weekend,” said the Red Bull driver.
“You have to talk on track, that’s what I like.
“We as a team so far have made the smallest mistakes, and that’s why we are ahead, so I hope we can keep that going for the rest of the season.”
Responding to his rival, Hamilton said smiling: “I am not playing mind games. It is interesting what Christian [Horner] comes out with but I couldn’t care less. They did a great job this weekend and that’s that.”
And Verstappen Snr, speaking to the Telegraaf, said the mind games had only just begun.
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“Under normal circumstances, Mercedes still has the advantage,” he explained. “Although they always say there that Red Bull is the favourite, they play that game all the time. We know better. This has been a great weekend, but we have to keep working hard. It’s not like it’s done now. We must not relax.”
Speaking of his son’s win however, the former F1 driver said he was bursting with pride for the 23-year-old.
“Very special, just like winning in Monaco,” continued Verstappen’s father. “I also notice it from the people around us, Monaco is a very special race.
“I had a bit of the same feeling as with Max’s first win in Barcelona. That was a bit more special, but if he wins Monaco and you see him standing there, then that is an emotional moment.
“These are not the best races for a father to watch. I covered a kilometre at home because of the tension.”
“In Monaco they get so close to the guardrail, sometimes it only makes a few centimetres. I did not like seeing those images on board Max. Then I’ll just go to the toilet.”
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