The wet weather skills of Max Verstappen have led to comparisons with Formula One icons Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, but Max Verstappen said he does not want to be them and wants to establish his own identity.
The Red Bull driver made his entry into the conversations of being one of the elite racers on the circuit when he won the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix to become the youngest race winner in F1 history at just 18 years of age.
The Dutchman, who is the son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, has many ‘youngest one’ records against his name starting with the youngest to compete in Formula One at the 2015 Australian GP aged just 17 years and 166 days. He is also the youngest to lead an F1 race, clock a fastest lap, score points and clinch a podium finish.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, the 19-year-old talked about the comparisons with Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna and relationship with Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo among other things.
“To be honest I would like to be known as myself. I try not to think about those things too much. I am of course happy with the performances in the wet. It is nice to know that people are seeing my skill but I want to be known as myself.” the Red Bull driver said when asked about the Formula One experts comparing him to the likes of Schumacher and Senna.