Max Verstappen denies he is the new Michael Schumacher

A fan holds a banner as Max Verstappen celebrates his first Formula 1 victory

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has denied he is replacing Michael Schumacher as the most exciting driver of his generation.

The 20-year-old, celebrating his first F1 win in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, said: “I would say Michael is the best example of someone that you can find in the sport today.

“Michael has been there longer, he is a legend.”

He added that he had “a long way to go” but was “still young”.

Michael Schumacher of Mercedes (left) and Max Verstappen of Red Bull of team are close in age

Verstappen, who won his first F1 race in Spain in April, has made similar statements in the past, but the Dutchman insisted he had no intention of replacing his compatriot as the sport’s most exciting.

“He is still the greatest but I would say I am still younger,” he said.

“I have a long way to go still, I have done eight years and I still have a lot to learn and I still have a long way to go before I can bring my experience to this generation.

“I am only 20 years old and the most exciting thing in F1 at the moment is Jolyon Palmer. But Max will be, for sure, exciting in the future because he is so young. But we will see.”

Palmer, a 24-year-old British driver who joined Renault for next season, is 27 years old, which is by far the youngest driver in F1.

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