NOVEMBER 13, 2023

Verstappen tested a Ferrari racer at Mugello?

Max Verstappen got at the wheel of a Ferrari racing car, the Swiss newspaper Blick reports.

Max Verstappen, Brazilian GP 2023
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However, it was not a Formula 1 machine doing laps at Mugello, but instead a Ferrari 296 GT3. The Red Bull driver's mission? To give a young driver he supports, Thierry Vermeulen, some good tips.

Vermeulen is the son of Verstappen's manager Raymond Vermeulen, and the 21-year-old Dutchman now races a Ferrari GT car with branding.

Max was able to give him some good tips after a few laps, Raymond told Blick's veteran Formula 1 journalist Roger Benoit.

Formula 1 is not a goal for us. I know which way is up - the air is far too thin for that. So we stay away. There are other interesting categories in racing.

Triple world champion Verstappen also made a stopover at the young Vermeulen's Emil Frey team in Safenwil, Switzerland, on Saturday.

I'm happy to help Thierry, Max confirmed.

We're something like a big family, and I'm also a GT and sim racing fan.

As for Verstappen's F1 boss Dr Helmut Marko, he is quoted as saying: One day, Max will found his own GT team. He's just a real racer.