(GMM) Max Verstappen got at the wheel of a Ferrari racing car, the Swiss newspaper Blick reports. Too bad it was not a Ferrari F1 car.
However, it was not a Formula 1 machine doing laps at Mugello, but instead a Ferrari 296 GT3. The Red Bull driver’s mission? To give a young driver he supports, Thierry Vermeulen, some “good tips”.
Vermeulen is the son of Verstappen’s manager Raymond Vermeulen, and the 21-year-old Dutchman now races a Ferrari GT car with Verstappen.com branding.
“Max was able to give him some good tips after a few laps,” Raymond told Blick’s veteran Formula 1 journalist Roger Benoit.
“Formula 1 is not a goal for us. I know which way is up – the air is far too thin for that. So we stay away. There are other interesting categories in racing.”
Triple world champion Verstappen also made a stopover at the young Vermeulen’s Emil Frey team in Safenwil, Switzerland, on Saturday.
“I’m happy to help Thierry,” Max confirmed.
“We’re something like a big family, and I’m also a GT and sim racing fan.”
As for Verstappen’s F1 boss Dr Helmut Marko, he is quoted as saying: “One day, Max will found his own GT team. He’s just a real racer.”