Michael Schumacher comparison by F1 commentator draws Max Verstappen’s ire

A year ago, Max Verstappen was a 17-year-old driving F1 cars. On Sunday, he’s officially got a Michael Schumacher thing going. Verstappen received a laundry list of compliments from Richard Enns, one of the…

Michael Schumacher comparison by F1 commentator draws Max Verstappen’s ire

A year ago, Max Verstappen was a 17-year-old driving F1 cars. On Sunday, he’s officially got a Michael Schumacher thing going.

Verstappen received a laundry list of compliments from Richard Enns, one of the participants in the Formula One action in Indianapolis. But the most pointed barbs came when Enns mentioned how Schumacher’s technique, savvy and poise made him become a nine-time F1 world champion.

We (said) last year at Indy ‘If you were 17 this year, you’re going to look up to this kid like Michael Schumacher and take a very good look at how he works’. Well he looked up to it and he worked. He worked hard, he was energetic and he was a good performer in the paddock. Now he’s got inroads and he’s got a lot of people noticing him and he’ll start to blow some bubbles in the future.

ESPN ran a report by Daniel Ricciardo and Vauxhall on Wednesday. It included interviews with several of the other drivers in Indianapolis and their praise for Verstappen. But it was Enns who raised the heat by linking the teen sensation to Schumacher. It didn’t take long for Verstappen to defend himself, who thought the rest of the race was much more than “a little dick check.”

I think people have easy-come, easy-go with him. But in case that was in the back of their mind, the weekend was the same as every other weekend: a practice, two qualifying races and we finished as high as we could. I’m not saying that Indy is an easy task to dominate and I’m also not saying that my weekend was the easiest. I finished exactly where I wanted to finish and it’s not exactly what I was expecting but I will always remember it as Indy.

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