Max Verstappen Channels Ayrton Senna with Magical, Wet Brazilian GP Performance

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Published: November 14, 2016

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Nico Rosberg might win the 2016 Formula One drivers' championship, but even if he does dethrone Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, the German will only be keeping the seat warm for the heir apparent: Max Verstappen.

In Sunday's rainy Brazilian Grand Prix, the 19-year-old Dutchman (Dutchchild?) demonstrated again and again why he had drawn comparisons to Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest drivers ever, before he had driven his first lap in an F1 car.

With near-zero visibility at Sao Paulo's Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Verstappen produced a drive for the ages, looking at one point like he might have a chance to win before settling for third after Red Bull's tyre gamble went bust.

During the endless laps spent behind the safety car, while his competitors channeled Goldilocks—with some complaining that the track was too wet and others saying to get on with the race—Verstappen tested his tyres and brakes on various lines.

Sensational passes of Kimi Raikkonen and Rosberg in the first half of the 71-lap race, sandwiched around red flags and those safety-car periods, had the teenager sitting in second place, less than two seconds behind Hamilton.

Verstappen dropped back after nearly spinning into the barriers on the long, sweeping, uphill run at the end of the lap, but he managed to save his car and stay ahead of Rosberg. That salvage manoeuvre was "50-50" luck and skill, he said after the race.



Those two overtakes alone, on a former and perhaps a future world champion, would have been enough to make Verstappen the star of the grand prix, but there was plenty more to come in a race that always seemed to have just one more twist.

Red Bull called Verstappen into the pits on Lap 43, fitting his car with intermediate tyres in the hope that the track would start to dry out. He dropped to fifth place after the pit stop, but it st...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Formula 1

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