Franz Tost has known Max Verstappen since his karting days. Tost believes the Dutch driver is ready to win the title.
Franz Tost recognized Max Verstappen’s extraordinary talent early on. The AlphaTauri team boss has known the Dutchman since karting times before Verstappen joined Tost and the then Toro Rosso team as a regular driver in Formula 1 in 2015.
«He has absolute vehicle control. He has zero speed problems and is always in control. He has an extreme feeling for the car and the tires and can do that. In addition: his father Jos gave him an extremely good basic education. After that nothing could surprise him, “said Tost at” f1-insider “.
The question of how to mentally deal with the title fight is often asked – after all, it is the first time for Verstappen that he is involved in the title fight. But Tost believes that the Dutchman has no problem with his head.
«The answer was his home race at Zandvoort. If you can dominate in front of the frenetic fans in your home country with all the pressure of expectation, you no longer have to fear anything. That impressed me very much. Max cannot be thrown off balance. He focuses from race to race. He wants to win every race. If a collision is to be avoided, then he will. If not, then not. Then it just crashes. And that’s that! “, Says Tost, who admits:” As for me: I would be happy if Max wins the title in the end. ”
The answer to the question about a comparison with one of the greats in Formula 1 history is “always difficult”, according to Tost: “But I think that in terms of willingness to take risks and the will to win, it is most likely to go in the same direction Senna.”