Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko has confirmed that Jos Vertsappen has taken on an official role with the energy drinks company.
The father of Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen will help the company discover and groom young talent, a role normally handled by Marko himself but time constraints has justified the enrollment of Verstappen Snr.
"It is a question of time, as there are clashes with junior races so that I cannot see them," said Marko, who attends all the Grands Prix.
"So we asked if he has the time and the inclination to visit certain races for us," he said, revealing that Verstappen's first assignment is the F3 race in Pau this weekend.
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But Marko said Jos' scope will go beyond that as well.
"Jos was always closely involved in karting," he said.
"He can not only coach the drivers with his experience, but also look at the teams.
"The success in the development phase that he managed with Max is obvious," Marko said.