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Max Verstappen outperforming team-mates like Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna, says Jenson Button

Max Verstappen is outperforming his team-mates to a level not seen since Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna, according to former Formula One world champion Jenson Button.

Verstappen has consistently finished above his team-mates in the F1 rankings. He has out-qualified and finished ahead of fellow Red Bull driver Alex Albon in all six races this year.

The last time the Dutchman was beaten in the standings by one of his team-mates was when he was paired with Daniel Riccardio in 2017 – and he still out-qualified the driver 13-7.

Button has been hugely impressed by the 22-year-old’s head-to-head record and compared it to the achievements of the legendary Schumacher and Senna. 

‘You compare him to his team-mates the last two years, he has just annihilated them,’ Button told the In the Fast Lane Podcast.

‘I haven’t seen that in motorsport for a very long time, probably back to the Ayrton Senna days, and Michael Schumacher days. I don’t think there’s been a driver that’s annihilated their team-mate like he has in a very long time.’

Button also said he would love to see Verstappen battle Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton for the F1 title, but believes the lack of competition from his team-mates could hold him back.

‘He is doing an exceptional job. I would love to see him go up against Lewis [Hamilton] in a championship fight. Those two, top of their game, it’s what we all want to see. Is it ever going to happen? I don’t know. 

‘It’s tough for [Max], because now he doesn’t have a competitive team-mate.

‘He’s out on his own. He’s probably not able to progress as much because his team-mate isn’t where he is at, in terms of pace.’

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