Express. The Daily and Sunday Express’s headquarters. news showbiz and television Sports Analysis Finance Entertainment in Travel Football Life & Style Transfer News F1 Tennis Boxing UFC Cricket Rugby Football NFL Additional Racing MAX VERSTAPPEN, who has been compared to Ayrton Senna, now leads the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship by 38 points. In April, Max Verstappen makes a sly jab at Lewis Hamilton. Never miss the top F1 articles again by registering right away for FREE. Invalid We use your sign-up to better understand you and to deliver content in ways you’ve authorized. According to our understanding, this may involve advertisements from us and third parties. You are always free to unsubscribe. More details Max Verstappen has decided not to emulate the Formula One stars because he thinks doing so will cause him to “just lose.” The Red Bull driver presently leads the World Drivers’ Championship by 38 points, and many think he is destined to succeed much like the greats of the sport. Since he entered the Formula One racing scene as a 17-year-old in 2015, Verstappen has established himself as the driver to beat. Even though he is only 24 years old, he already has a very strong resume, having won 26 races and the driver’s championship in 2021. He is both the newest driver to ever compete in the sport and the newest driver to ever take home a victory. Numerous people think he can surpass Lewis Hamilton’s total records given the figures he has already racked up. He has frequently been compared to the late Ayrton Senna of Brazil, who was regarded as the finest driver in the history of the sport by many, including Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. He was prevented from realizing his full potential when he was killed in a crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. : French GP ‘problem’ predicted following Hamilton and Verstappen complaint The goal for Max Verstappen is to imitate legendary Formula One drivers like Ayrton Senna. (GETTY) Since Verstappen’s breakthrough performance in Senna’s home race at Interlagos in 2016, comparisons between the two drivers have been made. A poor strategy call by Red Bull left the then 19-year-old down in 16th place but he made up 13 places in the last few laps to claim a podium. Many considered his performance to have just one equal, Senna’s statement second place in the soaking 1984 Monaco Grand Prix despite racing for backmarkers Toleman’s announcing his name to the world. Despite these complementary comparisons Verstappen has been keen to stress that he does not have an idol, as this could negatively affect his performance. “I have immense respect for the success of many athletes, but I have never been an idol,” the current world champion told F1 insider. “I didn’t copy anyone; I just concentrated on myself. If you stick to an idol, you will only lose because you can only be good, not better. “ I have always made an effort to be authentic. I can’t compare myself to others. At the end of the day, I tell myself, “I did my best.” I wish I could express myself. DON’T MISS Max Verstappen expects Lewis Hamilton repeat [INSIGHT] Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen ‘don’t have a connection’ [COMMENT] F1 fans think Wolff has already decided Lewis Hamilton replacement [ANALYSIS] Ayrton Senna is widely regarded to be the best driver ever to compete in Formula One ( GETTY) Despite being on track to win his second world title in as many years the Dutch driver does not want to get complacent as he may not have the same opportunities in the future. “I think it’s important to keep control and I prefer to concentrate on the here and now,” he added. “One thing I’ve learned is that the balance of power in Formula 1 can change rapidly.” “I want to win as many titles as possible, but I don’t think too much about how many. Because, as I said before, “Man always depends on the material”. If I don’t succeed, I certainly won’t get depressed.” Verstappen will look continue to build on his progress when Formula One travels to the Circuit Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix next weekend. While he personally may not be looking to compare himself to legends of yesteryear, it is certain that fans will persist with the conversation and comparisons that surrounds arguably the best driver’s currently on the grid. Related articles Ferrari admit trying to ‘destabilise’ Max Verstappen to help Leclerc What Lewis Hamilton told Charles Leclerc after British Grand Prix duel Nico Rosberg shuts down Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc incident IPSO Regulated Copyright ©2022 Express Newspapers. “Daily Express” is a registered trademark. All rights reserved.