Not Schumacher or Hamilton! Red Bull Boss Marko Believes Verstappen is Similar to This F1 Legend

Published 12/20/2021, 9:53 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 10, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen getting in his car before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Max Verstappen won the 2021 F1 world championship in the most dramatic fashion possible, as he passed his rival, Lewis Hamilton, on the last lap of the season. The Red Bull driver richly deserved the title, as he had more wins, podiums, and pole positions than anyone this season.

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Red Bull advisor Dr. Helmut Marko, in a recent interview, mentioned that Verstappen reminds him of Ayrton Senna. He stated that in a dry qualifying lap, Verstappen gets more out of the car, just like the Brazilian.

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Marko points out the strengths of Max Verstappen

As reported by Soy Motor, the Austrian mentioned that the Dutch driver is quick out of the blocks and does not need to warm up. Marko also mentioned that he likes Max’s aggression on the track.

“He has many strengths, but in particular the fact that he does not need to warm up. He goes out on the track and goes fast, even in the wet or on a new circuit like Jeddah,” said Marko.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race and the world championship with the Netherlands flag on the podium REUTERS/Hamad I, Mohammed

“His other quality is his aggressiveness. If there is even the slightest opportunity to overtake, he doesn’t waste it and then he has a natural speed that is just incredible.

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 A dry lap reminds me of Senna. He goes beyond the limits of the car. He looks a lot like Ayrton, the only one of the greats with whom I can compare him,” said the Red Bull advisor.

It is fascinating to hear the comparisons drawn between Verstappen and Senna, more so by a figure like Marko. It would be interesting to see if Max reaches the heights of the Brazilian and establishes a similar legacy in Formula One.

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Do you think Max Verstappen will win more world titles than Ayrton Senna over his career?

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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