Max Verstappen reflects on youth and career at 17

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Many in Formula One would like to see teenager Max Verstappen making a race start, but perhaps the Dutch driver will not be one of them.

The Racing Point World Racing Team driver has said he would not try to emulate the racing career of 20-time world champion Michael Schumacher, the German who died three years ago following a skiing accident.

“Schumacher was probably the most special man and he did things very unique and very well,” Verstappen told AFP.

“It is so difficult to try to compare myself with Michael.”

He added: “We were contemporaries for a long time but when you go up to the other side it is tough to compare how a professional driver is and how a really great champion is — but I would be lying if I said Michael was a role model.”

The 17-year-old Verstappen, who is the youngest ever winner of a grands prix in Spain this year, is expected to compete in the rookie class at next month’s drivers’ test event at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Verstappen is the youngest ever winner of a Formula One race, taking the La Francorchamps victory in Spain in June, and is set to become the first driver from the Netherlands to feature in Formula One next season.

“This kind of team is very difficult. It is like starting a new school. I just hope that I can do a great job there and start to grow and learn as much as I can,” he added.

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