‘That doesn’t matter much’: Jos opens up on Max Verstappen’s 2022 title

Max Verstappen is on the verge of a second world title in 2022, and he could wrap it up at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Jos Verstappen will try to ensure he is there when his son, Max, brings home his second world championship.

The Dutchman won the title in dramatic fashion last year, beating Sir Lewis Hamilton in the final round in Abu Dhabi, but things were not quite plain sailing at the beginning of 2022.

Two reliability failures in three races, either side of a win, left him over 40 points behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, but the 24-year-old has since taken control.

11 wins for the season now mean that Verstappen has already beaten his tally from last year, and there are still six rounds to go of this year.

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Red Bull as a whole have asserted dominance, with Sergio Perez’s win in Monaco taking the Austrian side’s tally to 13, while Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have won four between them.

This has all meant that Verstappen is 116 points clear in the championship fight, and he looks set to wrap things up by the end of the Japanese Grand Prix.

His father, and two-time podium finisher, will try to be at the race when the inevitable second world title arrives.

“Fortunately, Max has a lot of points ahead and it looks very positive, but it still has to happen,” Jos told RacingNews365.com.

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“Everyone is ready for the title, but it remains exciting, I really want to be there for every race, just in case it happens. 

“I will definitely go to Singapore and depending on what it looks like afterwards I will fly with Max to Japan.”

Jos is not overly fussed as to when the title materialises; his only concern is that his son earns the crown for a second time.

“That doesn’t matter much to me, the important thing is that it happens, like during the last race,” he added.

“Of course Max has a lot of points ahead, but the only important thing is that he becomes champion.”

Verstappen has won three races from a starting position of fifth or lower this year, all of them taking place in the last four rounds.

The reigning champion started 10th in Hungary, 14th in Spa, and seventh in Monza, before taking the win in all three.

Starting at the pointy end makes for an even greater chance of success.

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“That means the car is going very well during the races,” stated Jos.

“If Max can start from the front row for once, it will only get easier.”

Verstappen is on course to break the record for the most consecutive race wins, as well as the most wins in a single season.