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English racing driver Nigel Mansell during winter testing for the Williams-Renault Formula One team at the Autodromo do Estoril circuit, Portugal, December 1991.

Newey: Max’s driving style very reminiscent of Nigel

English racing driver Nigel Mansell during winter testing for the Williams-Renault Formula One team at the Autodromo do Estoril circuit, Portugal, December 1991.

Red Bull technical guru Adrian Newey says that when watching Max Verstappen in action he is reminded of Nigel Mansell in his heyday

Newey said in an interview, “Max has been an exciting newcomer. The way he drove the car did remind me of Nigel’s driving style.”

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“What was dramatic about Mansell was that you always knew it was him in the car. He had an almost metaphoric elbows out driving style. Max is the same and it is exciting television.”

Newey designed Mansell’s 1992 F1 world championship winning FW14B, working closely with the driver fondly referred to as ‘il leone’ (the lion) by Italian fans for his never say die attitude.

Verstappen has brushed off criticism of what some claim is an overly aggressive driving style, but the Dutch teenager has refused to alter his style which has irked the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen during a number of juicy on track altercations in 2016.

Newey sees Mansell’s resolve and stubborness in Verstappen’s approach, “It’s that sort of: I’m not going to be bullied, I’m going to do my thing and if you don’t like it it’s your problem approach. It’s very reminiscent of Nigel.”