How does Max Verstappen compare to Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso and Schumacher after 100 grands prix?
Max Verstappen reached a milestone at the United States Grand Prix as he took part in his 100th Formula 1 race at the Circuit of the Americas.
Verstappen's early years in F1 broke several records as he became the youngest grand prix racer and winner, although sustained success has proved trickier to muster as Red Bull have struggled to keep pace with Mercedes and Ferrari in the modern era.
The Dutchman is regularly labelled as a multiple world champion in waiting, but how does he compare to the other multi-time title-winners in the modern era?
Almost as striking as how far back Verstappen sits from the bunch is actually how closely matched Hamilton, Vettel, Schumacher and Alonso were through a century of outings in their careers.
While Schumacher and Hamilton put themselves into position to put together dominant runs afterwards, Vettel and Alonso made moves that failed to keep up their runs of success, particularly the Spaniard, whose end-of-career numbers do little justice to the talent behind them.
With a new era of F1 on the horizon from 2021 and beyond, Verstappen has plenty of time on his side; he is still younger than Schumacher and Hamilton were in their debut races having now gone through the 100-race barrier.
There is no doubting the talent and if Red Bull, or any other team, can provide Verstappen with the right machinery he could well start to catch up to those in the upper echelons of F1's record books.
Vettel, Alonso and Schumacher were not gifted their championships, nor will Verstappen be ... he will do it on his own merits. Hamilton was not, however, gifted with any form of good manners.
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