Max Verstappen flies grandmother out to Singapore GP

Max Verstappen is on course for his second world title in succession, but he might need to wait until Suzuka.

As Max Verstappen prepares to wrap up his second Formula 1 world title, he wants as many of his loved ones to be there with him as there possibly can be.

The reigning champion has won 11 races so far in 2022, and is on the verge of successfully defending it having established a 116-point lead in the Drivers’ Standings.

Charles Leclerc has put up an admirable fight against the Red Bull juggernaut this year, but there has ultimately been no stopping Verstappen.

His father, Jos, previously affirmed that he will try to be at every race to make sure that he is there when his son seals title number two.

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The 25-year-old had a similar idea, so he made sure to bring his grandmother, Marianne, along to the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend.

He could wrap up the title if he wins the race with the fastest lap, as long as Leclerc then finishes eighth or lower.

He would also need his team-mate, Sergio Perez, to finish outside the podium places, but this looks a little unlikely after qualifying on Saturday.

Fuel issues at the end of Q3 prevented the 31-time race winner from setting a final lap, so he will start eighth, while his Ferrari counterpart will start pole ahead of Perez.

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It will take a truly chaotic race for the title to be wrapped up on Sunday, but Marianne will be there cheering her grandson on.

“We flew here together with Max, in his plane,” she told de Telegraaf.

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“I would never would have dreamed of that 10 years ago, right?”

If title celebrations do not await this weekend, they almost certainly will do in Japan next weekend, with five races still to go after the drivers leave for Suzuka.

Red Bull are also set to claim their fifth teams’ success in 2022, as they came into the race in Singapore 139 points clear of Ferrari.