TheRMVR wrote:It's not just planned marketing. Martin Brundle actually said it on live TV, so did Eddie Jordan. To be honest I do not think the comparisons are made because of a similar style or attitude, 'Senna' in this context just means very very talented.
There is a hype around young Verstappen, but to some extend I get it. He is so calm and controlled in the car. Look at his overtakes, absolutely stunning under braking for a guy driving his 2nd race in F1 and only his 2nd season in a formula car. I recently watched some of his races in Formula 3 and that's where you see his talent come to life. The way he dominated races, his overtakes and controlled manner immediately reminded me of a young Hamilton. Outclassing the entire F3 field in his debut year, at the age of 16. He just has that 'thing' you can't put a label on. I am equally impressed with Sainz jr. He made a few rookie mistakes like the spin in (I think) Malaysia, but overall they seem equally matched. The season is long however, but boy does STR have an exiting line-up!
- there is a hype surrounding every single Red Bull program driver, for some drivers bigger (Vettel) but the hype is consistent and programmed. Which TR line up wasn't exciting?
- with Verstappen it's about age and records. I think that's one reason they pushed his debut and skipped GP2. His argument that GP2 would stall his career is absurd, as long as you perform it won't and his Toro Rosso seat was guaranteed anyway. It doesn't hurt Vandoorne. It would affect the hype if he was outpaced by Vandoorne, Ghasly, Lynn, etc but RB shelters drivers from competition and Sainz is an unknown benchmark
- a driver can be a genius at 17 in F3, dominant in WSbR (like Magnussen) at 19 and only good in F1 at 21. Last season it was Kvyat, labelled impressive talent by pundits like Brundle after every race in which he didn't do anything special, his 2015 season is no surprise, same with Verstappen now. If he's that good fine, it should show on track.