Hamilton and Verstappen skilled a fierce rivalry by way of their combat for final 12 months’s F1 championship, going wheel-to-wheel at numerous races that included a handful of collisions.
The primary main incident between the 2 drivers got here eventually 12 months’s British Grand Prix, the place they collided when battling for the lead at Copse on the opening lap of the race. The high-speed collision resulted in a 51G affect for Verstappen within the barrier, whereas Hamilton went on to win the race regardless of receiving a penalty for the incident.
The duo additionally collided at Monza, in addition to having run-ins in Brazil and Saudi Arabia forward of their showdown in Abu Dhabi the place Verstappen clinched the title on the ultimate lap of the race.
Following final week’s race at Silverstone the place he loved a side-by-side battle towards Leclerc at Copse, Hamilton referred to as the Ferrari driver “very wise” in an interview on Sky F1, including it was “clearly loads totally different to what we skilled final 12 months”.
Talking to the Dutch media on Thursday on the Pink Bull Ring, Verstappen was requested about Hamilton’s feedback and whether or not he thought Leclerc was a extra wise driver than he was.
“I feel it is fairly good that, at 37 years of age, you may nonetheless learn to hit an apex,” Verstappen replied.
“He’s studying, so that’s constructive. It is usually good for youthful drivers to know that you’re nonetheless studying when you’re 37 years previous.”
Pressed on what he thought when he heard Hamilton’s feedback, Verstappen reiterated his level that it was “good that he has discovered the apex now”.
The automobile of Max Verstappen, Pink Bull Racing RB16B, is returned to the storage on a truck below a tarpaulin
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“You may clearly see within the footage what was totally different in comparison with final 12 months,” Verstappen stated.
“I feel Charles gave him much less house than I did final 12 months, so that claims all of it. And ultimately, [Lewis] was the one who acquired penalised final 12 months, so there is no level speaking about that both.”
As Verstappen chases his second straight F1 title, the Dutchman sits 34 factors away from the sphere with six wins to his title. By comparability, Hamilton is but to complete a race any increased than third this 12 months amid Mercedes’ struggles below the brand new rules.
Requested if he thought Hamilton’s feedback had been a part of the sport, Verstappen stated he thought they had been “a bit blunt”, however would have “no impact on my efficiency”.
“I simply have to focus on what we’re doing right here,” Verstappen stated. “I feel we’re doing fairly nicely this 12 months. That is what I am concentrating on.”
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