Max Verstappen reckons the many hours he spent practicing driving in the rain as a younger competitor, combined with the advice given to him by his father Jos, has been key in developing his talent for driving in slick conditions.
Along with Lewis Hamilton, the Dutchman is arguably the best driver on the grid when a track has soaked up rain. This was evident on Sunday when he recovered from a mid-race 360-degree spin to win the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim.
While no less than seven drivers were forced to retire, he kept composure to retain P1 despite stiff competition in behind.
Jos Verstappen is a former F1 driver in his own right and gained two podium positions in his career, and it was his early tutoring which helped Max prepare for the different climates.
"A lot of practice I think from when I was young in the wet, working many hours together with my dad, who I think was also pretty decent in the wet," he said.
"He also gave me the right tips, and not only just driving in the wet, but making decisions as well while driving, paying attention to what’s happening around you.”
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