Max Verstappen plays down comparisons with Michael Schumacher

F1 managing director Ross Brawn recently compared the 22-year-old to Schumacher. Formula1.com column.

“He reminds me a lot of Michael Schumacher,” Brown said of the Dutchman, before adding, “I remember Max’s early days in F1 when his speed was obvious – now he’s grown into an outstanding driver.”

Speaking with CNN Amanda Davis, Verstappen: “Of course it was very nice, but I don’t like to compare myself with anyone, because I’m on my own and I’m a different rider.

“Of course, you can always get similar views or something like that, or you can sometimes be compared, but for my part, I never do that. I just want to be myself.”

At 17 years and 166 days old, Verstappen became the youngest driver in F1 history when he competed at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix. According to him, over the years he has grown as a driver.

“[I’m] more relaxed, more consistent and knowing how to build weekends and stuff like that,” he added.

“I just feel very comfortable… Anyway, I’m a very relaxed person, so it’s never really been super high pressure for me, but I’m more relaxed in the sense that I know what’s going to happen.

“I’ve already experienced a lot, so I’m going to the weekend, I mean, I’m excited about racing, but I’m not really excited about other things related to this, because you experienced so many different emotions throughout the weekend. and year.

The Dutch driver’s victory at Silverstone was the ninth of his career, but crossing the finish line is still exciting.

“Winning is good,” he said. “A good qualifying lap can excite me. Just being there for the team and working with the mechanics and having a really good pit stop is also a great feeling.”

Max Verstappen celebrates winning the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Is title challenge enabled?

Verstappen finished ahead of the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas last Sunday.

Ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, Verstappen is second in the drivers’ standings, 30 points behind world champion Hamilton.

But such has been Mercedes’ dominance so far during this 13-race season – with the team leading Red Bull in second place in the constructors’ standings by 67 points – the Red Bull driver didn’t expect to be in contention for the title in the remaining eight. race.

“We’ve had one race so far where we were maybe the fastest car, but in all the others we weren’t, so we just have to stay realistic at the moment,” Barcelona’s Verstappen said.

“For my part, at the moment I’m not thinking about a possible championship. I just want to try to do my best every weekend.”

Fight for equality

The 2020 F1 season started in July at the Austrian Grand Prix, four months later than planned due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Following the restart, riders joined the F1 “We Race As One” initiative to fight racism and promote equality and inclusion.

But Verstappen is one of several riders who have decided not to kneel before races in support of Black Lives Matter traffic.
Posting on Twitter before the first race, he said: “I am very committed to equality and the fight against racism. But I believe that everyone has the right to express themselves (sic) at the time and in the way that suits them. knee today, but respect and support the personal choice that every driver makes.”
F1 drivers support the Black Lives Matter movement ahead of the British Grand Prix.
Hamilton, the sport’s first and only black world champion in its 70-year history, was critical of sports saying that there is a lack of leadership in the fight against racism.

After five races in the season, Verstappen said that while the campaign is going well, more needs to be done.

“Everything went well in terms of how we express it, but of course, in the end, this also applies to actions. We just continue to show our support because I think that everyone is supporting, which is very important, and time will tell, of course, what will happen,” he said.

Asked if he and other drivers have spoken to Hamilton about the campaign, Verstappen said: “Of course we talk about it. (Association of Grand Prix Drivers).

“Everyone is very open, everyone is very supportive and everyone wants the same thing. I think Lewis appreciates it, and not only Lewis should appreciate it, the whole world should appreciate it. That’s what we do, we’re just trying to show our support.”