(FoxNews.com) Formula One fan Max Verstappen says he’s not the next Michael Schumacher.
Verstappen posted on Twitter that he is “not a Schumacher clone” following reports the Red Bull driver may join the seven-time world champion’s son.
“I have some things to learn first before I think of copying people like Michael Schumacher or Lewis Hamilton,” Verstappen tweeted Monday. “Until I can do that I shall not be the Michael Schumacher clone, I have some things to learn first before I think of copying people like Michael Schumacher or Lewis Hamilton.”
Sebastian Schumacher, who is 17, is making a huge impact in his rookie season in the F1. His soaring heroics in his home German Grand Prix on Sunday made him one of the drivers with the most momentum going into the European Grand Prix.
Verstappen’s 20-year-old teammate, 20-year-old American Daniel Ricciardo, has responded by claiming he can match Schumacher’s legacy. Ricciardo is 21 years old and several sports commentators have begun comparing him to Hamilton, the five-time F1 champion and Mark Webber’s co-star in the 2010 season.
“Michael Schumacher knows what his son is up to. And I know what I can become. I’m only one race shy of Seb’s F1 career,” Verstappen tweeted earlier in the year.
But the pair are nearly too similar. They have similar arm strength. They both have long hair. They both drive hit Red Bull cars.
They might not be as different as the comparisons imply. They have raced against each other in Formula Renault 3.5, Formula Three, and Formula Renault 2.
Both have raced in the highest level of North American stock car racing, qualifying in the first eight places in the 2018 Indy 500.
“He’s good because he’s faster than me,” Verstappen has told reporters of Verstappen in the past. “He has a lot of power in the car.”
Verstappen has won the last two races and has four career wins. Sebastian Schumacher has won 21 races and the F1 title twice in a glittering career.
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