“I discuss everything with Max, including during his tough time,” he said. “I don’t think there was anything wrong. It was really the outside world that made a problem out of things.
“Maybe the conversation after Monaco was hard but if you see how he picked it up from there and how he starts this year, it’s perfect.”
Among the incidents Verstappen was involved in at the start of the year were collisions with Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in Bahrain and China. He also crashed during practice in Monaco, while team mate Daniel Ricciardo took pole position and won the race.
Monaco proved to be a turning point for Verstappen, who went on to enjoy a successful campaign. His father said he doesn’t intend to change anything in how he supports his son.
“It’ll be the same as before. I don’t have to be here all the time to tell him what to do; he knows that better than me. But it’s the small things. I don’t tell him what to do, but I talk to him about what I see. That’s more than enough.”
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2018 F1 season
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- McLaren Racing losses rise after Honda split
- Ricciardo: Baku “s***show” was Red Bull’s fault
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- F1’s television and social media audiences rose last year