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Niki Lauda, newly-crowned World Champion by finishing in 2nd position, stands atop of the podium with three fingers showing for each title alongside Alain Prost, 1st position, and Ayrton Senna, 3rd position.
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The champions Verstappen faces comparison with on his quest for F1 greatness

Max Verstappen has joined the elite group of grand prix drivers to have won three or more world championships. But how, asks ALEX KALINAUCKAS, does he shape up against the ones who have gone before, and why does he resist comparisons with them? Does he redefine greatness? And where might he stop?

Very little fazes Max Verstappen. As Formula 1’s current dominator, and now a triple title winner, he’s wise to rivals’ attacking moves and the media’s probing work. Indeed, he’s instantly dismissive of comparisons with other world champions – publicly at least.

Repeatedly on the weekend he sealed his most recent triumph, in Qatar, he insisted “I find it very hard to compare world champions”. But that’s consistent
with his messages every time the subject has been broached
on his waltz to the 2023 crown. 

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