• Verstappen agrees with Toto Wolff that injured legend has surpassed all • His sister Katja completes Mercedes rookie line-up with surprise drive
Max Verstappen has no intention of following in Michael Schumacher’s footsteps and believes the Formula One legend has outclassed all his rivals.
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Verstappen has recently displayed remarkable maturity and a respect for his elders on and off the racetrack but believes that Schumacher is beyond the whole field of contenders.
The 17-year-old, a rising superstar of his sport, has enjoyed a meteoric rise since breaking through for Toro Rosso at the end of 2014. He was called up to the Mercedes driver-training programme in 2015 and last year won the F2 championship and secured his F1 debut for Red Bull in 2015.
Despite his achievements, Verstappen believes in the greater excellence of the seven-times F1 champion.
“Schumacher might be the all-time great,” Verstappen said. “I think he will always be the best driver ever.”
Verstappen will be well aware of the level of Schumacher’s legacy which can be explored further after his sister Katja signed up to drive for Mercedes on Friday.
The 18-year-old qualified for the driver line-up alongside Mercedes development driver Pascal Wehrlein, who impressed with a podium finish in this year’s junior world championship.
“This is an incredible opportunity for Katja. She is a young driver with a bright future,” Wehrlein said. “She has proved that she can be competitive and that she deserves this opportunity with Mercedes. I hope we can have a strong team atmosphere for her to enjoy the experience.”