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Father: 'No celebrations after Max Verstappen podium'

Max Verstappen's father says that there were no celebration parties after the 18-year-old finished second in Austria.

Max Verstappen's father has said that there were no celebration parties after the 18-year-old finished second in Austria.

That is despite the fact that the young Dutchman's mentor, Dr Helmut Marko, admitted to raising a glass to the latest triumph.

"With a good glass of wine," he told De Telegraaf newspaper, when asked how he will celebrate Verstappen's latest podium. "And maybe even a Heineken.

"It's incredible how Max drove, because P2 surpassed all our expectations. Max had the perfect balance between fast laptimes and dealing with the tyres. It was a repeat of Barcelona," Marko added.

Indeed, F1's global fans agreed, awarding Verstappen the 'driver of the day' title for the third time this season.

Max's father Jos, however, was not in a party mood.

"No, we're taking it easy," he insisted. "We celebrate like this only with victories."

However, the former Benetton and Minardi driver admits that his son is already a much better driver than he ever was.

"Max is long past me now. He's twice as good," said Jos.

Next up on the calendar is the British Grand Prix this weekend.


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