Max Verstappen has 'Ayrton Senna aura' that Lewis Hamilton also shares – 'This is special'


Former F1 driver Johnny Herbert believes Max Verstappen carries an “Ayrton Senna aura”, similar to that of his main title rival Lewis Hamilton, and believes the Dutchman’s “rare” talent will see him secure a world title in the future.

Herbert, who drove in Formula One from 1989 to 2000, raced alongside the legendary Brazillian driver during his career, with now fellow Sky F1 pundit Martin Brundle, and says Verstappen’s style is reminiscent of the late great

“I remember Martin Brundle saying that when drivers saw that yellow helmet in their mirrors, it was like ‘oh I’ll get out of the way’,” Herbert explained, speaking to RacingNews365.

“That aura that Ayrton had, Max has and Lewis has got. This battle is brilliant for us.

“You can agree or blame Lewis for not backing out or not being tighter to the racing line and all this silliness but what is great is what Max is able to do with a racing car.

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“It’s damn impressive what he does and it’s impressive because it’s rare. We’ve seen it in the past with the great Champions, but this is special at the same time.

“I was always impressed with him in Formula 3, especially because of his age. He was always very hard as a racer, and I like that.

“Racing is all about the wheel-to-wheel battles, which is what we’re starting to see nowadays. Now I’m seeing him in that battle with Lewis, I’m loving it even more because I like what he’s all about, I like how he goes racing. Yeah, he’s on the edge and some people go ‘oh he’s on the edge, he’s too aggressive’, he’s not! That’s just, I think, what racing is all about.

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