Former Formulation 1 driver Jos Verstappen was not solely Michael Schumacher’s companion at Benetton – the drivers had been household pals and spent their free time collectively. Max Verstappen remembered how his father took him to go karting with Michael and his youngsters – Mick and Gina.
Max Verstappen: “Then I didn’t know who Michael Schumacher was. I used to be three or 4 years outdated, I knew that this was Uncle Michael – he was very type and beloved his household. I by no means checked out him because the report holder for the variety of titles – I simply did not know that. Mick and Gina had been at all times with us. Nice instances. I nonetheless fondly keep in mind the weekend on the karting monitor.
Who received? No one, as a result of we simply wished to have enjoyable. We at all times raced on double karts: Michael with Mick or Gina, and my father with me. And when it received too harmful, the fathers rapidly took management.
Mick and I’ve identified one another for a very long time, though then I didn’t know German. I am unable to think about how we talked. However three- or four-year-olds haven’t got communication issues, even when they converse completely different languages.
Being the son of a well-known racing driver is straightforward provided that every part goes properly. It is a lot worse when issues start. However Mick is in a very completely different scenario. His father is a seven-time world champion, so it isn’t straightforward for him from the very starting. Even throughout his karting days, Mick was consistently underneath stress. In Formulation 4, Formulation 3, in Formulation 2 – the eye to him is continually rising. However he’s surrounded by good folks – they’re all nice at it. “