Max Verstappen Emulated This Great Michael Schumacher F1 Tactic in Mexico: Ross Brawn

Published 11/09/2021, 10:05 AM EST


Ross Brawn, the managing director of Formula 1 recently compared the current championship leader Max Verstappen to arguably the greatest driver in the sport, Michael Schumacher.

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Brawn, who was at Ferrari during the peak of Schumacher’s career, is one of the best authorities to recount how the German functioned.

In a column posted by Ross Brawn on Formula 1, he described Max Verstappen’s methods of preparation before the race to be like those of Michael Schumacher,

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It reminds me of how Michael Schumacher used to spend a long time walking a track on the Thursday before a race weekend. He would look at corners and check out the escape routes if things go wrong. He would then know if you can escape safely from a bold move and be more confident of making that move,” he wrote.

“Max sussed out the first corner very well in Mexico and had the confidence to pull it off.”

 

The particular incident Brawn is talking about took place a few seconds after the lights went out.

Max Verstappen started in third, was behind the two Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Taking a conservative approach, Bottas set foot on the brakes into Turn 1. This left a big gap on his left.

That was enough invitation of opportunity for Max Verstappen, who took the outside line and took the lead from which he never looked back.

Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Andres Stapff

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton both deserve to win the title

Ross Brawn, who has seen enough rivalries in his career, doesn’t favour or pick one driver to better the other this season.

Quite the opposite.

“There are four races left and anything can happen, so this championship fight is still far from over. I heard someone say that both deserve to win the title – and in some ways they do.”

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the race with second place Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

This entire season has been one of the most thrilling ones in recent memory, scattered with iconic moments throughout. But the cherry on top of this season, which is a cherry still being produced, is the battle between Hamilton & Verstappen.

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Of all the ‘legends‘ in F1, there are only a few greats. And the best of the greats is arguably Michael Schumacher.

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In a title battle set to go down to the wire, whichever of the two comes out on top will move one step closer to the great German.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A Graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for the better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in the future.

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