Max Verstappen has been taking time to test in a different category of motorsport recently in aid of friend Thierry Vermeulen.
The Red Bull driver has been assisting Vermeulen in improving the setup of his Emil Frey Racing team machine – which runs in the German GT3 category DTM.
Verstappen has had a marked effect on both car and driver, with the second half of last season seeing Vermeulen pick up seven top ten finishes in ten races – having failed to score any in the first six races of the season.
Frey-Hilti: Watching him work is extremely fascinating
According to Emil Frey Racing team manager Lorenz Frey-Hilti, Verstappen’s traits have made him a pleasure to work with, even if the move was confusing at first glance.
“Max is very straightforward, a very down-to-earth guy, very nice, with no star quality,” he told German outlet Blick. “Watching him work is extremely fascinating. After one or two laps, he's already reached top speed and works extremely meticulously. You can feel how immense his passion for racing is.
“There are countless GT3 teams. It was a great honour to be asked [to work with him]. Even if, at the beginning, we didn't really know what was behind this request.
“He makes a very tangible contribution to our being faster. Also, because it adapts very well to what Thierry needs. Of course, Thierry is Max's friend, but Max wants to see performance. As a coach, he gives him strict and clear directives.”
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