The Dutchman’s characteristic is rising all the time and is widely recognized as a World Champion in the making. But, when asked what he made of comparisons to the great Ayrton Senna, Verstappen was not entirely happy.
“I’m not really a fan of being compared to anyone,” Verstappen told Ziggo Sport.
“I try to keep focusing on myself,” he said in reply to being asked if he agreed with suggestions that he was the new Ayrton Senna.
“It is nice to hear that people are positive,” he responded. “But it’s not something to think too much about. In Formula 1 you can go from hero to zero in a moment.”
But that’s not to underestimate the size of his youthful ego.
“I always think you have to think of yourself as the best,” he replied when asked who the top driver was today. “If you don’t, what’s the point of participating?
“The goal is to be the best and I have to prove it when I get the chance,” he insisted. “That’s obviously depended on the car, but hopefully I’m able to prove myself more often.”
Max essentially grew up in the F1 paddock around some of the iconic names of the sport.
“I was really young, but it was fun,” he recalled. “I never really thought about that we were on holiday with the great Michael Schumacher – I was too young, and too busy playing with his son [Mick].
“Guys like Sebastian Vettel love the old cars and bikes, I’m more modern,” he said. “I do know a bit about it, but my knowledge doesn’t stretch that far back.
“I know the names, but the really old cars don’t really have my interest. I’d never really have the urge to drive those cars – they’re just too old, too slow.
“Although anything driven on the limit is challenging, it just doesn’t do it for me.”