David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan have repeatedly lauded Max Verstappen's incredible level of performance in his maiden Grand Prix season, but now the BBC pundits are comparing the Toro Rosso junior to F1 greats Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.
Verstappen's rate of progress since he lined up on the grid in Melbourne has been steady and strong as the Dutch prodigy hones his skills and prowess.
While he may still be considered a diamond in the rough, his sheer speed and daring race craft - including his disposition towards stunning overtakes - are undoubtedly a foundation for greatness, something both Coulthard and Jordan have been quick to recognize this year.
“I compare him to Schumacher and Senna. I feel like in the early stages of his career he is that good,” Jordan said on BBC’s Brazilian GP coverage.
"He’s just using the confidence he has within him, it’s not experience that he’s using,” Coulthard added.
“It’s these sorts of performances that have him on the hit list for Ferrari and Red Bull.”
As he dazzled the Brazilian crowd once again with his spectacular overtaking maneuvers, Verstappen himself admitted he had been inspired on Sunday by some Interlagos footage he had once seen, and one particular pass at Turn 1 which involved two great drivers.
“I saw it a few years ago between Raikkonen and Schumacher,” the Dutchman said after the race. “I thought that looked nice — and then I had the opportunity to do it.”
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