“Verstappen is reminiscent of Schumacher” – the F1 blog

The victory in Mexico took Max Verstappen one step closer to his first World Cup title.
Before the Sao Paulo GP in Formula 1, he pays tribute and is compared to one of the greatest drivers of all time.
– It reminds me of Michael Schumacher, says F1’s sports director Ross Brawn.

Verstappen after victory in Mexico. He has a 19 point lead ahead of this weekend’s competition where a driver can take a maximum of 29 points (TT)

Red Bull’s team manager Christian Horner said after the race on Sunday that Max Verstappen even before the Mexican GP spent a lot of time analyzing what opportunities he had at the start. It gave results, it was his flawless start that gave him the upper hand in Mexico and laid the foundation for the victory.
F1’s sports director Ross Brawn has caught on to this and the Briton, who has previously won World Cup titles with Benetton as well as Ferrari and Brawn GP, ​​addresses the subject in his column at Formula1.com.
– It reminds me of Michael Schumacher, how he put a lot of time on the track, Brawn writes.
– He looked closely at the curves and tested what opportunities he had to give way if something went wrong.

Reminiscent of Schumacher

Sao Paulo GP in Formula 1
Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn at Ferrari in 2004 (TT)

Brawn won seven World Cup titles with Michael Schumacher and the two worked very closely together for many, many years.
– When he had done that, he knew how to get out of a difficult overtaking and it also gave him a better self-confidence to dare to test. Max did a good analysis of the first curve, then had enough self-confidence to make the overtaking and also succeed.
According to Brawn, Verstappen was the driver of the day in Mexico.

Max Verstappen took the ninth victory of the season in Mexico, it is a very good achievement and he is now one of six drivers in F1 history who has won nine races or more in one season. The others are Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher and Nigel Mansell.
But now the Sao Paolo GP is waiting in Formula 1, a race we know as the Brazil GP but which has made a name change.
It’s about this year’s third and final F1 Sprint, more about that concept and what it means in terms of points and starting order, you can read here.

Guide Sao Paulo GP in Formula 1

Autodromo José Carlos Pace

Weekend times: They are here in yesterday’s blog.
Lap length: 4,309 km (71 laps). The competition is run counterclockwise.
Curves: 5 right, 10 left.

Distance to the first curve: 190 m
Curves over 250 km / h: 2 (T14, T15)
Curves below 100 km / h: 2 (T8, T10)
Deck: Tire selection and Pirelli’s comments can be found here.
Tire wear: Average.
Brake wear: Average.
Braking zones: 6 (3 hard).
Maximum speed without DRS: 315 km/team.
Lowest speed: 80 km / h.
First winner: Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazil, 1973.
First pole position: Ronnie Peterson, Sweden, 1973.
Wins from pole position: 16.
Winner from lowest starting position: Giancarlo Fisichella 2003, from starting position 8.
Winning strategy 2019: 3 depot stops (Most drivers used two depot stops)
Competitions with a safety car since 2003: 7 (in total, the safety car was out 12 times during the seven sub-competitions)

2019: 52
2018: 39
2017: 37
2016: 64
2015: 31

Statistics for the Sao Paolo GP in Formula 1

Top 8 in the qualifiers 2019
1. Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
3. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
4. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
5. Alexander Albon, Red Bull
6. Pierre Gasly, Red Bull
7. Romain Grosjean, Haas F1
8. Kimi Räikkönen, Alfa Romeo

Fastest qualifying lap:
Absolut: 1:7.281 (Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 2018)
2019: 1:7.508 (Max Verstappen, Red Bull)
2018: 1:7.281 (Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes)
2017: 1: 8.322 (Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes)
2016: 1:10.736 (Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes)
2015: 1: 11.282 (Nico Rosberg, Mercedes)

The drivers with the most pole positions

Mika Häkkinen (3)
Lewis Hamilton (3)
Felipe Massa (3)
Ayrton Senna (3)
Rubens Barrichello (3)
Sebastian Vettel (2)
Damon Hill (2)
Nico Rosberg (2)

Top 8 in the race 2019

1. Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2. Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso
3. Carlos Sainz, McLaren
4. Kimi Räikkönen, Alfa Romeo
5. Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo
6. Daniel Ricciardo, Renault
7. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
8. Lando Norris, McLaren

Fastest lap:

Absolute: 1: 10.540 (Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, 2018)
2019: 1: 10.698 (Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes)
2018: 1: 10.540 (Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes)
2017: 1:11.004 (Max Verstappen, Red Bull)
2016: 1:25.305 (Max Verstappen, Red Bull)
2015: 1:14.832 (Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes)

Top five winners:

2019 Max Verstappen Red Bull
2018 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2017 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
2016 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2015 Nico Rosberg Mercedes

The drivers with the most victories:

Michael Schumacher (4)
Sebastian Vettel (3)
Ayrton Senna (2)
Emerson Fittipaldi (2)
Mark Webber (2)
Lewis Hamilton (2)
Juan-Pablo Montoya (2)
Mika Häkkinen (2)
Felipe Massa (2)
Nico Rosberg (2)

Driver who took the most points

Sebastian Vettel (154)
Lewis Hamilton (130)
Fernando Alonso (112)
Kimi Raikkonen (108)
Nico Rosberg (97)
Michael Schumacher (94)
Jenson Button (90)
Mark Webber (83)

Quick news:

It is rumored that Aston Martin may lose its team manager Otmar Szafnauer to Alpine. It writes “AUTOhebdo”, the idea is then that he will replace Davide Brivio who is expected to return to motoGP after a year in F1.

The new course in Saudi Arabia is not ready yet, but race director Michael Masi is not worried.
– I believe in it, after I was in South Korea in 2010 and in India. There are no problems there and I expect that it will not be the case in Saudi Arabia either, says competition leader Michael Masi in a comment.

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“Verstappen is reminiscent of Schumacher” – the F1 blog