Massa believes Verstappen can become statistically the best driver in Formula 1 history if he decides to stick around long enough.
"Max Verstappen has been proving to be a phenomenon for some time now," said via Gazzetta dello Sport. "What he's doing, in terms of victories and performances, can be compared to the best moments we've seen from Senna, Schumacher or Hamilton.
“He's on the same level, plus he's very young and has many years of racing ahead of him, so he can break all records, surpassing Michael and Lewis, if he is willing to continue in Formula 1 for a long time."
It would be no surprise if Massa's theory came true. Verstappen already has two world titles and 38 race wins to his name, and with Red Bull so dominant, it will not be long until he chases down the records set by Schumacher and Hamilton.
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