In an exclusive interview with Franz Tost opposite this site, the AlphaTauri team boss addresses the question of where Max Verstappen differs from the other Red Bull talents who have been featured in the former Toro Rosso F1 team.
Franz Tost has worked with great drivers in the past such as four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. They all played for Toro Rosso, which is now known as AlphaTauri. In an exclusive interview with Fpal team boss Franz Tost addresses the question of where Verstappen differs from the other Red Bull talents that Tost has worked with. “All the drivers who have driven for us naturally have the racing talent needed to race in Formula 1,” Tost begins his answer.
“Like Ricciardo and Vettel, Max also has that talent, but he also has a great passion. He enjoys the competition and racing. For example, he drives many races at home on the sim and therefore he is always well prepared before he leaves.” starting a race weekend. Another important point is the discipline needed to perform well. Verstappen has understood from the start how important it is to be disciplined. I believe he got that from the good training he has his father gave him”, with which Tost refers to father Jos Verstappen, who always assisted his son in his path towards the premier class of motorsport.
The former team boss of Verstappen also sees another point in which Verstappen is strong. “Max is innovative. He finds opportunities to improve himself, but also the car and the team. Of all the drivers I’ve worked with, he scores high on all these points and that’s the deciding factor.”
In the first part of the interview with Tost, the Austrian discussed how he was convinced that at the age of 17, Verstappen was already good enough to drive for his Formula 1 team. Despite the criticism, Tost never had any doubts about the then very young Dutch driver.