“Verstappen reminds me of Schumacher”

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“Max was simply sensational at Silverstone,” says Brawn in his regular column Formula1.com. The driver of Red Bull Racing started from fourth, but the driver’s excellent strategy and rock-solid tire management enabled him to stay ahead of Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas for the first time in 2020. During the race Max Verstappen even joking around with his engineers, something that reminds Brawn of Schumacher. “He reminds me of Michael Schumacher in many ways. If you listen to his radio, he clearly still has brain capacity left. ”

The on-board radio of Verstappen in the opening phase of the race also impressed Brawn. The sports director of Formula 1 thought that this reflected the incredibly strong relationship between the driver and team Red Bull. “I loved his radio communication, especially when the team asked him to watch his tires and he replied that he didn’t want to ‘ride like a grandma’,” said Brawn. “It shows the tremendous confidence, as well as a relationship with the team that is very strong.”

Verstappen is in second place in the championship after five races in 2020, behind Hamilton but ahead of Bottas. The Dutchman has already been on the podium four times in a row, something that teammate Alexander Albon has not achieved once. Verstappen seems to get more out of the car than it is in it, Brawn also sees. “The limit of the car is not the limit of Max Verstappen. He can sense the subtlety of the car and respond to it perfectly. I remember his first period in Formula 1 when his speed was already clearly visible – and he has now grown into an exceptional driver. ”

Future F1 ‘in good hands’

The very strong performance of Verstappen at Silverstone, according to Brawn, fits within a more general development in which the young talents are increasingly leaving their mark on the races. Charles Leclerc once again delivered a brilliant ride for Ferrari, Verstappen once again showed his exceptional talent. Alex Albon was somewhat in the shadow of Max, but after criticism in recent weeks, he took his performance to the next level. He delivered a very strong performance in the race. And while George Russell didn’t have his best weekend, this year he has consistently shown himself to be a tremendous talent. ”

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