Frans Verstappen, the grandfather of Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen, died Monday in a hospice at the age of 72 from the effects of cancer. Harald Hendrikx, a friend of Verstappen, has confirmed that to 1 Limburg .

Frans Verstappen was the owner of an ice cream parlor in the Limburg town of Monfort. In Housmans Hall, a local bar-dancing, he and fans watched the races that his famous grandson rode.

In 2016 Frans Verstappen came in the news because of a fierce argument with his son, Jos Verstappen. There would have been a scuffle. Frans Verstappen reported the incident to the police, but later withdrew it. "It's just a private matter between me and Jos," he said about that.