Max Verstappen’s coach admits shielding him from media to avoid uttering “anything stupid” following unsuccessful races

In recent years, Max Verstappen has been in tremendous form. He is the current world champion and managed to win two successive world championships in the years 2021 and 2022. His success would not have been possible without the help of his coach, Brad Scanes, who was instrumental in bringing out the Dutchman’s latent abilities.

Scanes told a Dutch newspaper that he kept the Formula One driver away from the press so he wouldn’t say “anything stupid” after a string of disappointing races.

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Scanes claims that he decided to limit Verstappen’s media appearances after witnessing the driver’s occasional outbursts of anger and regrettable comments. The coach believes that removing Verstappen from media attention will help the driver keep his cool under pressure and avoid any unnecessary controversy.

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How did Max Verstappen react to the coach’s tactics?

For his part, Verstappen has voiced his approval of the plan, stating that he trusts his coach to make the best decisions for his career and that he appreciates the importance of maintaining a positive public image.

The coach warned, however, that Verstappen will need to learn how to handle the media effectively if he wants to be successful in the long run, so this strategy may not be sustainable in the short term.

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As it stands, their plan appears to be working, as Verstappen has gotten off to a great start in the 2023 Formula One season, winning the opening race in the Bahrain Grand Prix and moving into the early lead in the championship standings. 

Scanes reveals another sport Max is good at

Bradley Scanes, in yet another interview with pit-stop, revealed that Verstappen is also very good at a sport different from racing. We’re talking about none other than FIFA, the world-famous soccer video game. According to Scanes, the Dutch F1 superstar is just as good at FIFA as he is at racing, and it took him three years to beat him.

Verstappen has been on the FIFA leaderboard on multiple occasions. He recently signed a partnership with EA SPORTS as well, where EA secured the rights to create content with the Red Bull driver over the next year. Max will also sport an EA SPORTS logo on his helmet’s chin for the 2023 F1 season.


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Tanzeem Rahman

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Tanzeem Rahman is a soccer writer and an editor at SportsZion. Tanzeem's love for the sport began by watching and admiring Cristiano Ronaldo in his early Manchester United days. Having graduated from Germany as an Electrical Engineer, Tanzeem has watched multiple high-profile games throughout Europe from the gallery. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, as well as sublime english proficiency has been an asset to SportsKnot. Outside of his duty, Tanzeem is a gamer, and loves to spend time watching Anime and reading Manga.


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