Damon Hill compares Verstappen to Ayrton Senna

Thuesday, 13 november 2018, 05:41 , by Craig Norman

Former F1 world champion Damon Hill has said that the actions of Max Verstappen and his altercation with Esteban Ocon following their collision towards the end of the Brazil Grand Prix evoked memories of the late, great, Ayrton Senna. 

Verstappen was denied victory in Brazil when Ocon attempted to unlap himself near the end of the race and caused both cars to spin, leading the Dutchman to physically confront Ocon in the driver's room after the race. 

Hill, who was involved in an intense rivalry with Michael Schumacher himself, has said that Senna was often similarly confrontational and that the two have very much in common - in that regard, at least. 

He told Autosport: "There was another chap in F1 that used to occasionally bump into people when he needn't have done.

"I'm actually thinking of Senna. It's like there's a pattern that evolves when they are very young, and they don't understand.

"Clearly Ocon should not have got himself in a tangle situation with the race leader. But Max diced with him, instead of going. 'What is this guy playing at? He's going to be difficult' and waiting for a slightly less risky opportunity."

But Hill was keen to point out that he doesn't see Verstappen's actions as a weakness and added that he fully expects to him to aproach every race in the same way. 

He added: "I don't want to be critical of Max. It won't make a difference anyway, because he will continue to take risks and drive the way he drives, but he will learn, and eventually he will drive like Lewis (Hamilton) has learned to drive now.

"And he will think this is so important, to win a race is so important and so valuable, you're not going to let silly things put it in jeopardy."

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Comments (23)

  • Steven Miller
    Both extremely aggressive from the moment their careers began, both destined for greatness, both very vocal when others do wrong by them but also have huge difficulty in accepting responsibility when they are the cause of an incident. That can be annoying, but it's a trait that many of the true icons share. People can bag on this comparison all they like, Damon is spot on.
  • Craig Allen
    Laughable and insulting really, max is the biggest cry baby on the grid Lol.... lets get this right senna was a one off plain and simple.... if I'm honest Hamilton and Schumacher have been the most entertaining and consistent drivers in terms of raw speed and even then u couldn't compare them 2 greats to senna its just ridiculous....
  • Anthony Bosman
    Is anyone actually paying attention and learned how to read? Damon is talking about their character's in the beginning of their careers...He's not comparing them as racers. I read more stupid things in comments then in the articles.
  • Brian Hairbottle
    That is an insult to Ayerton Senna..Senna was in a class of his own and certainly Vedstappen is nowhere close to Senna..Do not insult a great driver like that..
  • Jonathon Bellamy
    No way is Verstappen on the same level as Senna, key difference was one is a man and the other behaves live a boy who can't get his own way.
  • Erik de Vries
    Luckily most of you, know it much better, than a former world champion. All experts here.
  • Robert Maik
    Never rated Demon Hill... and don’t rate his comments either. Pure idiocy!!
  • James Walsh
    Fair comparison. He needs to win titles to fulfil the legacy though!
  • Gino Smith
    Damon is a knob couldnt get close to Senna hence the stupid remark...
  • Tony Beaumont
    Paying his salary probably
  • Aldo Aguirre
    I think he’s more like Jacky Kennedy
  • Tim Oberle
    Senna won, Max crashes with backmarkers
  • Jose Antonio Perez
    Damon Hill begging for some media attention!
  • Ben Fisher
    There will never be another Ayrton Senna
  • Stu Thorr
    Drives Formula One cars.
  • Aubrey Williams
    Really? Really, Damon?
  • Pedro Gonçalves
    What an insult for Senna
  • Troels A. Dalgaard
    This is just stupid....

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