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Michael Schumacher, 1st position, celebrates securing his fifth world drivers' championship on the podium.
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How F1's Verstappen era compares to Schumacher's early 2000s dominance

As Michael Schumacher did two decades ago with Ferrari, Max Verstappen has emerged as Formula 1's dominant force with his third successive title clinched for Red Bull in 2023 his most emphatic yet. There are many intriguing parallels and key differences between the characteristics and circumstances of a pair of drivers who have bestrode their respective eras

He won so many Formula 1 races. Often they were with such crushing performances that there ended up being a discussion about how he acted during the regular airings of his team’s national anthem.

Back in the early 2000s, Michael Schumacher’s regular ‘conducting’ of the Ferrari mechanics joyously belting out Il Canto degli Italiani drew criticism from former Italian prime minister and president Francesco Cossiga. In 2023, there were countless skits and memes acknowledging that the Dutch/Austrian national anthem combination ringing out after every Max Verstappen/Red Bull walkover is now as familiar to the close of a grand prix as the thumping Brian Tyler-composed refrain is to the introduction.

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