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Jos Verstappen: Max wants to get even at Silverstone

Having been taken out of last year's race at high speed by Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen is keen to get even this coming weekend, according to father Jos.

Jos Verstappen says son Max has a score to settle ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Last year's race was the scene of one of the most controversial moments of the 2021 season, when Lewis Hamilton tagged Verstappen junior on Lap 1, sending the Dutchman careening at high speed into the barriers. Following the incident, Hamilton was able to continue without damage, and although he was given a ten-second time penalty for his part in the collision, the Briton was nevertheless still able to win the race and take a chunk out of Verstappen's lead in the Drivers' Championship. Verstappen, meanwhile, was taken for medical checks after his 51G impact with the barriers, and father Jos says his son is keen to put things straight.

Jos feeling good ahead of British GP

Asked on RTL show NITRO whether Max is looking to get even at this year's race, Jos simply replied: "We all know that". Verstappen senior, who drove in 106 Grands Prix between 1994 and 2003, said that he expected a strong performance at Silverstone from Max, who is coming into the British Grand Prix in red-hot form, having won five of the previous six races to take a commanding lead in the 2022 Drivers' Championship. "Normally he will be strong there too," said Jos of his son's prospects at Silverstone. "There are always teams that bring updates, so we always have to wait and see how it really goes. "But my feeling about this race is good. Max doesn't worry about anything. He always does very well, and in normal conditions we will be strong there too."

Zandvoort is 'one big party'

Jos also offered his thoughts on the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, which returned to the F1 calendar last year for the first time since 1985, driven largely by Max's huge popularity in his native country. The local hero did not disappoint, leading away from pole position, dominating the race and taking the chequered flag to the delight of a sell-out crowd. "I believe that about 90 to 100,000 people come every day,” said Jos of the spectators at the Zandvoort circuit. "I was also here last year and that was one big party. "It is unbelievable how much sport is alive in the Netherlands, and we are of course very happy with that."

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