Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko believes that their driver Max Verstappen has a mentality similar to Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna, that he wants to win at all costs and that he will do whatever it takes to make it happen.
Verstappen became the youngest driver to take part in the F1 weekend at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix and the youngest driver to compete in the F1 race at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix. , and the youngest winner of the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.
Due to Mercedes' dominance, Verstappen didn't have a chance to become the youngest champion in history, so that honor still stands by Vettel's name, but the Dutchman took the first chance he got last year and won the title in an incredible finale.
Verstappen's aggression, especially in the first seasons, has often led to incidents and reconsideration of what is allowed in defending the position, and although he has calmed down in recent years, Verstappen is still one of the most aggressive drivers, as he showed last year in clashes with Hamilton.
. "It's impossible to compare because they're from different periods," Marko said of Verstappen's comparison to Senna and Schumacher. "But what all three have is complete focus… you can call it ruthlessness."
"Nothing is as important to them as victory, 'I want to win and I will do everything for it.' " “They go beyond the normal and beyond the existing possibilities. That Max qualifying round in Jedi comes to mind even though he failed to complete it at the time.
” "At that moment, Hamilton knew that he must not leave the slightest space for Verstappen in the race. He is already poking his nose when the opponent can't even see him in the rearview mirror. " "That incredible willpower with the necessary talent makes a difference."
Berger believes that Hamilton alone can fit into the same sentence with Senna
Gerhard Berger believes that Lewis Hamilton is not only the best driver of today but is on his way to becoming the best ever and that he is the first driver he would dare to compare to Ayrton Senna who was his teammate at McLaren.
Berger currently leads the DTM series of race cars, and in Formula 1 he finished nine times in the first six and 11 times in the first seven at the end of the season, with the best result in 1988 and 1994 when he finished third with 41 points and one victory.
The Austrian was Senna's teammate at McLaren in 1990, 1991 and 1992 and achieved three victories, and although he has so far mostly avoided comparisons of other drivers with Senna, he believes Hamilton is the first to be worthy of that comparison.
“Hamilton is not only the best driver today, he is on his way to becoming the best ever,” Berger said in early 2020. "He has a chance to overtake Michael Schumacher [who was still leading in the number of titles, victories and podiums at the time]."