Max Verstappen reveals how driver’s death made him think about retiring

Max Verstappen has opened up on the recent death of fellow Dutch racer Dylan van’t Hoff.

Two-time world champion Max Verstappen has opened up on his personal reaction to the tragic death of Dilano van ‘t Hoff, a talented driver in the racing ranks. 

The 18-year-old tragically lost his life in a collision at Spa-Francorchamps, a somber incident that unfolded amidst treacherous wet conditions on the fast-paced track.

In the aftermath of this heart-wrenching moment, Verstappen extended a tribute to his fellow compatriot from the Netherlands. 

However, it was a response to Verstappen’s tribute that struck a chord deep within him. 

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Van ‘t Hoff’s sister expressed that Verstappen had served as an influential beacon for her brother within the racing realm. 

This revelation prompted Verstappen, a two-time reigning champion, to embark on a journey of contemplation.

Recalling the experience, Verstappen candidly acknowledged, “There was no fear. I don’t have that now either, but I do think more about the possible consequences of my actions.

Verstappen explained how the approach to risk changes as a driver matures and gains experience around the international circuits. 

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The instinctive bravado associated with junior drivers often evolves into a more calculated approach as one advances within the sport.

Verstappen expanded on this, “What could happen if…at the time you never thought about it, you drove purely on instinct. 

“I’m not talking about Dilano now, because he was tapped by someone else, but in general, as a junior driver, you take more wild risks than later in life.

The tragic occurrence surrounding van ‘t Hoff’s accident served as a catalyst for Verstappen’s meditation on the fine balance between audacity and circumspection.

The gravity of Verstappen’s introspection was palpable as he recounted a particularly poignant incident. 

“When the news of Dilano’s accident came out, I sent out a message on social media. 

“A little later I saw that Dilano’s sister had commented under my post: ‘Max, you were his great example. Thank you for this message’.

This reaction resonated profoundly with Verstappen, sparking reflection on the broader implications of his actions and decisions. 

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Verstappen shared, “That response did something to me. Then I immediately think about my family. 

“Then you think, ‘S*** if this had happened to me, they would have… Then you think ‘F***’.”

Verstappen’s openness about his introspection offers a glimpse into the intricate web of psychological and emotional repercussions stemming from incidents like van ‘t Hoff’s tragic accident.