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Max Verstappen

Former boss praises Verstappen: He is similar to Senna

Having worked with Max Verstappen in the past, Franz Tost sees shades of Ayrton Senna in the Red Bull driver.

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AlphaTauri Team Principal Franz Tost has heaped praise on Max Verstappen, comparing the Dutchman to Ayrton Senna due to his desire to win.

The Austrian got a first-hand look at Verstappen's talent when the youngster drove for Toro Rosso in 2015 and 2016. Verstappen has continued his growth since then, after being promoted to Red Bull and winning 17 races.

Now in the thick of his first F1 title battle with Lewis Hamilton, Verstappen's efforts have led to comparisons with three-time World Champion Senna.

"That is always difficult, but he is most similar to Ayrton Senna in his willingness to take risks and his absolute will to win," Tost said in a conversation with Sport1.

"I've known him since his days in karting. He has absolute control of the car and never has a problem with speed.

"He feels the car and the tyres extremely well. In addition, his father Jos gave him a good base to start from. After that, nothing could surprise him."

Jos recently shared some of the tricks he taught Max as a youngster, which included banning his son from making passes that were too easy while in karting.

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