Max Verstappen’s father Jos hints the Red Bull star could WALK AWAY from F1 after winning his second world title as he claims the Dutchman is ‘a bit done with everything now’ after the season became ‘less exciting’
- Jos Verstappen says his son needs a break after the longest ever F1 season
- Max Verstappen retained his F1 crown after winning 15 of his 22 races in 2022
- Jos believes next season will be a much closer and more exciting championship
The father of Max Verstappen, Jos, has hinted his son could walk away from Formula One after claiming the Dutchman is ‘a bit done with everything’ after his record-breaking season as champion.
Verstappen eased his way to a second straight title after winning 15 of the 22 races to claim a record-breaking 454 points – 146 ahead of nearest challenger Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari.
It compares to a much more challenging 2021 campaign where Lewis Hamilton went toe-to-toe with the 25-year-old all the way to the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
Jos Verstappen believes his son is in need of a break following his record-breaking F1 season
The Red Bull driver retained his F1 crown in style this year as Ferrari’s challenge failed to materialise after a promising start.
Jos, who drove for teams including Benetton, Tyrrell and Arrows during his own F1 career, revealed that his son is happy to have a break from the track.
He told Viaplay, as per the Mirror: ‘He’s just a bit done with everything now. Especially when you have won the championship, then the pressure is off and it becomes less exciting.
‘For Max, I think it was just important that he broke that record with those wins. I think that’s the most important thing.’
Max Verstappen celebrates his 15th win out of 22 races as he retained the F1 Championship
Despite his need for rest, the elder Verstappen has already turned thoughts to next season and believes it will be a much closer championship for his son in 2023.
He added: ‘To be honest, I do think it will all be a bit closer next year – that is also the intention of these regulations. I don’t mind. Good battles on track and a good championship until the end would be fantastic.’
After extending his record for most race wins in a season, 2022 also saw financial rewards for Verstappen according to Forbes.
So much so, he is now the sport’s biggest earner when you combine both his £33.2 million salary and the £16.6 million he earned in bonuses, leapfrogging Lewis Hamilton.
No one could get rival Verstappen in 2022 and his now the sports biggest earning F1 driver