Verstappen : The new face of formula 1
some argue he's the new senna. We say he's even better
Take a moment to let that sub-heading sink in. For years, fans of Formula 1 have held up Ayrton Senna as the pinnacle of it's class. The benchmark of measuring driver skill, bravery and tenacity and the ability to excel in difficult conditions. By those measures, Verstappen eclipses all others around him.
Pick any race from the past two seasons in Formula 1 and it's unlikely that there hasn't been an outrageous pass made by the teenager during it. While yesterday at Interlagos put his face and talent well and truly in the world spotlight, his incredible skill and talent has been obvious from the outset. Just look at his races in Formula Three and you'll immediately recognize the bold, firm and sometimes dangerous-looking antics of Verstappen.
Verstappen indulging in a spot of mid-race drifting at Interlagos
It's not hard to see why so many are quick to compare Max with Ayrton, they both have an unmistakably aggresive driving style taking their respective cars to the limits of control and quite often breaching that. Senna was renowned for his car control in the wet, and almost anytime there is a fantastic drive in the wet that driver is always compared to be "nearly as good as Senna". But yesterday was different, in so many ways.
This year has already drawn similarities between the two in other ways as well. Notably the Dutchman's apparent lack of "respect" for the more established racing drivers. Former champions, team bosses and pundits have all been quick to berate Verstappen for his tactics and driving style. We've seen on numerous occasions this year especially, ignition points from other drivers and most memorably the debacle in Mexico that saw Verstappen take third only to be penalised moments before stepping onto the podium. This immediately sparked memories of the love-hate relationship many drivers had with Senna during his lifetime, and his seemingly uncrushable desire to win.
Senna's debut season in F1 saw him finish 9th in the championship finishing 6 races out of 16 while Verstappen's saw him finish 13 out of 19 to finish 12th in the championship. Max Verstappen is one of the most exciting talents to arrive in Formula 1 for decades, and you can't help but think the youngster is destined for a glittering career in F1.