“I’ve never been a fan of anyone”, Verstappen indifferent to his F1 idols

Sebastian Vettel, when addressing Max Verstappen’s current dominance in Formula 1, placed the Dutch driver in the same class as Michael Schumacher, a comparison that many would consider a great honor. However, Verstappen, recognized for his unique approach and unwavering dedication, showed indifference to these comparisons and revealed that he was never truly an admirer of any driver.

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During a press interview in Japan, Verstappen was asked about his perspective on Schumacher and whether he was inspired by the German’s dominant run in the 2000s. “I’ve never really been an admirer of anyone,” replied Verstappen. “I always valued everyone’s success and thought that one day I wanted to be there, I wanted to be on the podium or win races.”

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Verstappen, who has already won two world championships, continued explaining that each driver has a unique trajectory until reaching Formula 1, with different contexts and upbringings. For him, these differences are what make Formula 1 interesting. “If everyone were exactly the same, I think it would be quite boring”, pondered the Dutchman.

He recognized the success of the biggest names in the sport as inspiring, but emphasized that he does not seek to replicate anyone’s journey. “Each person faces many factors, and I think the beauty of Formula 1 is in its diversity,” concluded Verstappen, reinforcing his view that individuality and uniqueness are crucial aspects of a driver’s career in F1. This perspective from Verstappen highlights his unique approach and his determination to create his own path in the sport, without getting bogged down in comparisons or seeking to imitate the trajectories of other champions.

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