Former Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn says 70th Anniversary race winner Max Verstappen reminds him of Formula One great Michael Schumacher.
Ross Brawn masterminded Schumacher’s seven world championships with Benetton (1994 and 1995) and Ferrari (2000-04) and was team boss at Mercedes when the German made his comeback from 2010-2012.
Max Verstappen’s win for Red Bull lifted him to second in the championship after five races, behind six-time champion Lewis Hamilton, and ended Mercedes’ run of domination.
“Max was simply sensational at Silverstone. He reminds me of Michael Schumacher in many ways. When you listen to his radio, he’s clearly got spare capacity,” said Ross Brawn, now Formula One managing director for motorsport, of the Dutch driver.
Sunday’s win was the ninth of Max Verstappen’s career.
The 22-year-old, whose father Jos was once a teammate of Schumacher’s at Benetton, was already the youngest winner in Formula One history.
“The limit of the car is not the limit of Max Verstappen,” said Ross Brawn on the www.formula1.com website.
“He is able to feel the subtlety of the car and respond perfectly. I remember Max’s early days in Formula One where his speed was clear – he has now matured into an exceptional racing driver.
“I loved his radio, particularly when he said he didn’t want to ‘drive like a grandma’ when the team asked him to manage his tyres. It shows huge confidence and a relationship in the team, which is very strong.”
Nico Hulkenberg also made his mark as a stand-in for Racing Point’s Sergio Perez after the Mexican contracted Covid-19.
The experienced German, dropped by Renault last year, started third and finished seventh but Brawn revealed how different the German’s career might have been.
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