Rosberg: Verstappen a narcissist like Hamilton, Senna, and Schumacher
Nico Rosberg has compared the talents of Max Verstappen to Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, and Ayrton Senna, saying the Dutchman has the same narcissistic personality as the other drivers before him.
In the few races prior to the 2019 summer break, Verstappen’s season ignited with victories in Austria and Germany, as he finally got into some superb duels with Hamilton in what could be a glimpse of the next great F1 rivalry.
Due to allegedly having an inferior car, some fans and commentators, including Rosberg, think he has outperformed Hamilton this campaign even though the Brit has won six more races.
Rosberg compares the two to determine why Verstappen is the best at the moment, and even likens him to the mercurial talents of Schumacher and Senna.
"At the moment Max Verstappen is the best F1 driver out there," the former world champion said in his popular YouTube channel.
"Even slightly better than Lewis Hamilton, just recently overtaking him. He's been doing an unbelievable job.
"The first point: natural talent. Unbelievable natural talent. On a line with Senna, Hamilton, one of the absolute one-in-10-years natural talents."
Verstappen’s “narcissistic touch” is mentioned, as Rosberg claims champions need to have some of this in their personality to succeed.
"All the greatest drivers had that, he added.
"Schumacher had it, Senna had it. They all had that steely self-confidence which I unfortunately didn't have to that extent. I think he's got that in bucket loads."
The Red Bull driver is currently third in the drivers’ championship behind Valtteri Bottas in second and Hamilton in first.
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