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A teenage driver is already already being compared to one of the greats


Young Brazilian race car driver is being likened to one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers. is reporting that 15-year-old Caio Collet is being touted by racing manager Nicolas Todt as having tremendous potential to rival legendary driver Ayrton Senna.

"I know it's a cliché to say that he's the 'new Senna' as we've heard that before, but I heard many good things about him and he's done very well in his career so far," said Todt.

Collet is a karting champion in his hometown of Sao Paulo and was named best rookie at the 2015 CIK-FIA World Championship (KF Junior). He placed 6th at the CIK-FIA European Championship in 2016 (OK-Junior). Todt, who represents another Brazilian driver in Felipe Massa, says Caio is the best he's seen in a long while.


"We are looking at giving him a test in single-seaters later this year and if he does well, will bring him to Europe next season, otherwise it will be another year in karting," Todt says.

Ayrton Senna was a 3-time Formula 1 world champion from Brazil and widely considered one of the greatest F1 drivers in history. He was killed in 1994 when his car crashed into a concrete barrier during a race in Italy.