Max Verstappen performs down Michael Schumacher comparisons

The 22-year-old was just lately likened to Schumacher by F1 managing director Ross Brawn in his column.

“He jogs my memory of Michael Schumacher in some ways,” stated Brawn of the Dutchman, earlier than including: “I keep in mind Max’s early days in Method 1 the place his pace was clear — he has now matured into an distinctive racing driver.”

Talking to CNN’s Amanda Davies, Verstappen stated: “It was after all very good however I do not like to match myself to anybody as a result of I am myself and I am a unique driver.

“In fact, you’ll be able to at all times get some comparable attitudes or no matter, or you may get in contrast generally however, from my aspect, I by no means do this. I simply wish to be myself.”

Aged 17 and 166 days, Verstappen grew to become the youngest driver in F1 historical past when he competed within the 2015 Australian Grand Prix. Over time he has, he stated, matured as a driver.

“[I’m] extra relaxed, extra constant and know find out how to construct up a weekend and stuff like that,” he added.

“I simply really feel very snug … I am a really relaxed particular person anyway so, for me, it was by no means actually tremendous excessive stress, however I’m extra relaxed in a means that I do know what’s coming.

“I’ve skilled quite a bit already so going to a weekend, I imply, I am excited to be racing, however I do not get excited quite a bit by different stuff surrounding it since you’ve skilled so many alternative feelings all through the entire weekend and the yr.”

The Dutch driver’s victory at Silverstone was the ninth of his profession, however crossing the ending line nonetheless excites him.

“Successful is an effective one,” he stated. ” qualifying lap would possibly excite me. Simply being across the workforce and dealing with the mechanics, and in addition once they pull off a very good pitstop, it is an ideal feeling as nicely.”

Title problem on?

Verstappen completed forward of Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas in sweltering situations final Sunday.

Heading into this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, Verstappen is second within the standings for the drivers’ championship — 30 factors behind world champion Hamilton.

However such has been the dominance of Mercedes up to now throughout this 13-race season — the workforce leads second-place Purple Bull within the constructor standings by 67 factors — the Purple Bull driver didn’t count on to be mounting a title problem within the remaining eight races.

“Thus far we have had one race the place we have been, perhaps, the quickest automobile, however all the opposite ones we weren’t, so we simply have to remain practical in the meanwhile,” stated Verstappen, talking from Barcelona.

“From my aspect, I am not fascinated by a doable championship in the meanwhile. I simply wish to try to do one of the best I can each single weekend.”

Preventing for equality

The 2020 F1 season started in July on the Austrian Grand Prix, 4 months later than deliberate due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For the reason that restart drivers have joined F1’s “We Race As One” initiative to struggle racism and promote equality and inclusion.

However Verstappen is one in all a number of drivers to decide on to not kneel earlier than races in help of the Black Lives Matter motion.
Posting on Twitter earlier than the primary race, he stated: “I’m very dedicated to equality and the struggle in opposition to racism. However I imagine everybody has the appropriate to precise themself (sic) at a time and in a means that fits them. I can’t take the knee immediately however respect and help the private decisions each driver makes.”
F1 drivers support Black Lives Matter movement ahead of British Grand Prix.
Hamilton, the game’s first and solely Black world champion in its 70-year historical past, has been essential of the game, saying there was a scarcity of management within the struggle in opposition to racism.

5 races into the season, Verstappen stated that whereas the marketing campaign goes nicely, extra wanted to be achieved.

“It is gone nicely by way of how we’re expressing it however, after all, on the finish of the day it is about actions as nicely. We simply hold exhibiting our help, as a result of I feel everyone is in help, which is essential, and time will inform after all what is going on to occur,” he stated.

Requested about whether or not he and the opposite drivers have spoken to Hamilton relating to the marketing campaign, Verstappen stated: “In fact we discuss it. We’ve got our driver briefings however then additionally we keep on, after all, as a result of we’re all members of the GPDA (Grand Prix Drivers’ Affiliation).

“Everyone’s very open and everyone could be very supportive and everyone needs precisely the identical factor. I feel Lewis appreciates that, and it isn’t solely Lewis who has to understand that, it is the entire world. That is what we’re doing, we’re simply making an attempt to indicate our help.”

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