Motorsport

'Too early to tell if Verstappen will be a great'

2016-05-24 22:29
Max Verstappen (Twitter/@Max33Verstappen)

Cape Town - Max Verstappen's maiden Formula 1 victory at the age of just 18 has led to comparisons with F1 greats the likes of Michael Schumacher and Aryton Senna. However, Gerhard Berger believes such comparisons are premature. 

The Red Bull driver claimed a surprise victory at the Spanish Grand Prix last time out, capitalising on the incident which saw both Mercedes drivers crash out of the race on the first lap.

While the loss of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg certainly aided Verstappen, the teenager showed tremendous skill and composure to secure the win.

As the youngest race-winner in Formula 1 history, it's no surprise that Verstappen has since been mentioned in the same breath as some of the sport's all-time greats. However, while Burger does not doubt the Dutchman's talent, the former Toro Rosso boss feels it's too early to anoint him as a future motor racing legend.

"I wouldn't say same level yet, because it is difficult to say at this stage. But I wouldn't say no," Berger told Motorsport.com.

However, the Austrian is confident that Verstappen will claim a World Championship title at some point, and has tipped his hat to Red Bull for handing him the chance to shine.

"He is a World Championship candidate…no question," said Berger.

He added: "I think it is great for Formula 1 to have an 18-year-old boy doing what he is doing," he explained.

"It is great for Red Bull to prove it was right to bring him early into F1 and to put him into the other team. The whole story is a nice story."

Read more on:    spanish gp  |  max verstappen  |  f1
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Hypothetically, given the same cars to drive, who is the most talented current Formula One driver in your opinion?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.