Brawn: 'Verstappen reminds me of Michael Schumacher'


F1 director of motorsport Ross Brawn says Max Verstappen's ability to press on and win in a seemingly effortless fashion reminds him of the great Michael Schumacher.

A remarkable win by Verstappen in Sunday's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix has pushed the Red Bull driver up to second in the Drivers' standings behind Lewis Hamilton.

But Verstappen's ease and composure behind the wheel reflected a mastery that Brawn witnessed during his days at Benetton and Ferrari where he oversaw Schumacher's achievements.

"Max was simply sensational at Silverstone. He reminds me of Michael Schumacher in many ways," Brawn said in his post-race debrief.

"When you listen to his radio, he’s clearly got spare capacity. The limit of the car is not the limit of Max Verstappen."

At just 22, Verstappen is already in his sixth season of Grand Prix racing. And Brawn feels the young charger has transformed into an "exceptional" talent.

"He is able to feel the subtlety of the car and respond perfectly," Brawn said.

"I remember Max’s early days in Formula 1 where his speed was clear — he has now matured into an exceptional racing driver.

"I loved his radio, particularly when he said he didn’t want to ‘drive like a grandma’ when the team asked him to manage his tyres.

"It shows huge confidence and a relationship in the team, which is very strong."

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