F1 racer Max Verstappen says he’s not the new Michael Schumacher

F1 racer Max Verstappen said he was not the new Michael Schumacher on the same day the sport’s most revered driver died at the age of 45. Sigmar Gabriel, the head of motorsport in…

F1 racer Max Verstappen says he’s not the new Michael Schumacher

F1 racer Max Verstappen said he was not the new Michael Schumacher on the same day the sport’s most revered driver died at the age of 45.

Sigmar Gabriel, the head of motorsport in Germany, said the 20-year-old Verstappen “brings everything,” commenting that the Dutchman has to be the favorite to win the F1 world championship. Gabriel later said in the wake of Schumacher’s death that he regretted using the word “success” in the German sports press, the Guardian reported.

According to The Associated Press, Verstappen told German news magazine Focus that although he and his family were aware of Schumacher’s injuries, he “did not want to be the next Michael Schumacher.”

Schumacher had suffered from a head injury in a skiing accident in 2013, according to the BBC.

Earlier this year, Verstappen was involved in a crash in Australia in which he broke the front of his car. Verstappen was not injured.

Germany’s Formula One team, Mercedes, was shaken by his comments when it spoke to The AP. An email to a spokeswoman for Mercedes was not immediately returned.

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