Formula One star Max Verstappen says he’s not the new Michael Schumacher

Formula One F1 star Max Verstappen says he’s not the new Michael Schumacher • Dutch driver celebrates win in Mexico with cry of: ‘Schumi is alive!’ • Recent results have suggested he is already…

Formula One star Max Verstappen says he's not the new Michael Schumacher

Formula One F1 star Max Verstappen says he’s not the new Michael Schumacher • Dutch driver celebrates win in Mexico with cry of: ‘Schumi is alive!’

• Recent results have suggested he is already a force in Formula One Max Verstappen crosses the line to win the Mexican F1 Grand Prix on Sunday at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Photograph: Gerald Herbert/AP

Max Verstappen, the 20-year-old Dutch driver who beat Lewis Hamilton to the Mexican F1 Grand Prix win on Sunday, celebrated his victory by embracing the memory of Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher, a seven-times world champion, suffered a serious head injury and still remains in a French hospital.

Verstappen led from pole position after Riccardo Patrese and Hamilton started in last place.

The Dutchman celebrated his win by hugging the Schumacher statue in front of the track’s pits, after the arrival of his father Jos, who took the race’s honorary drivers’ trophy.

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“I don’t claim to be Michael Schumacher,” Verstappen told reporters. “But I am proud for him, for what he achieved, and I know he is very, very proud of me.

“The main thing is I am happy with my performance. I didn’t have the race of my life until recently and that’s exactly what I was searching for: to be consistent, to be there, to perform like I know I can.”

The weekend was overshadowed by the fatal accident at a motorcycling race in Malaysia that killed Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen’s cousin.

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