Jos Verstappen would welcome the prospect of his son, Max, being in the same car as Sir Lewis Hamilton, saying the “whole world” wants to see it happen.
As Hamilton’s dominance in Formula 1 continues into the latter stages of his career, the main question is whether it will be retirement or one of the heirs to his throne which will eventually stop him from lifting more silverware.
Max Verstappen is viewed as the one of the next World Champions-in-waiting and Jos Verstappen thinks his son would give people all the answers they have been looking for if he was to have the same machinery as Hamilton.
“It’s the same as what I say about Max: he’s [Lewis] incredibly strong,” Jos Verstappen told Dutch publication Formule 1 magazine.
“Even if you look at how he fares against his team-mate. At Mercedes it really worked out for Hamilton, at McLaren he had a few years in which it didn’t work.
“You don’t become a World Champion if you don’t have a champion team and champion car.
“Let me put it this way: I wouldn’t mind if Max would drive next to Hamilton. Then it is clear, isn’t it?
“The best thing would be if they were driving the same car. Then you can really compare who is the best.
“I would only applaud it, I think it would be a very nice season then. I think the whole world is waiting for that.”
Jos Verstappen continued: “Max was [ready] three years ago. You know, Max always drives at 110 percent.
“As a result, we don’t really know how good or bad the car is; maybe our car was worse than Ferrari’s… It’s possible, no one knows.
“The only thing you can do is compare Max to his team-mate. And Alex Albon really wasn’t that bad in karting and the lower classes, he did well there. But he had quite a problem compared to Max.”