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Formula One's Max Verstappen compares himself to Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Racing driver Max Verstappen is rapidly giving himself a bad name within the world of Formula One.

Verstappen's driving at the Belgium Grand Prix seems to have angered some figures within the sport, as he is said to have upset the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen with his performance, whilst Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has accused the Dutchman of 'dangerous driving'.

Speaking with the press on the eve of the Italian Grand Prix, however, Verstappen remained defiant. In fact, he went on to liken his driving style to that of football's 'attack minded' Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


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In an interview at the Heineken 'champions of the grid' charity football match in Monza, Italy, Verstappen said: "You have to see it like this, let's say you put Ibrahimovic up as a defender, would he like it just because other people think he is a better defender?

"I don't think he will listen to those guys. If he likes to attack he wants to attack".

He went on to add: "It is not because other drivers tell me I have to change my driving style that I will change my driving style.

"I don't like to stay in the past and what happened there, I just focus ahead. I try to push again and do my thing, and show my driving style like it was before."

The offence in question is that Verstappen was holding station in the middle of the track, then suddenly changed his driving line causing other drivers to slam hard on the brakes at speeds of over 200kmh.

In this instance, the other driver effected was Raikkonen.

Verstappen began life in motor racing at the young age of just four-and-a-half years old, racing in the mini junior Go-Kart Championships in Limburg, Belgium.

Verstappen raced in numerous different Go-Kart categories as he progressed in years, including the Rotax Max Minimax class, and the Flemish Minimax and KF5 Championships, which he won.

He made his racing car debut in 2013, where he raced Formula Renault for 160 laps at Pembray Circuit.

In 2014, he moved onto Formula 3, where he finished third place in the Championships, driving for Van Amersfoort Racing in his maiden season.

Verstappen made his Formula 1 debut at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix, where he scored two World Championship points.

At the time he was 17 years and 166 days old, thus making him the youngest ever driver to score World Championship points in Formula 1 history.

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