Great desire to prove that he can beat him, but at the same time great respect. 2020 told us that Max Verstappen remains, for now, the number one rival for Lewis Hamilton in view of 2021, even if the technical superiority of Mercedes seems destined to be confirmed at least for another season.
Verstappen: “Unequal challenge with Hamilton”
The Dutch driver is confident in his team to have a car that is faster, more reliable and able to come close to the performance of the British ‘Black Arrow’, but he knows that it will not be easy to beat anyway. one of the pilots “Stronger than ever”.
“There is a lot of respect between us, and I’m sure it will grow over the years – stated Verstappen in an interview with Ziggo Sport – It is also quite normal for it to take a while when you are faced with a 17-year-old, but things have changed pretty quickly. He is very nice to me. Each of us has our own life outside of Formula 1, but when we sit together we get along very well and we also know how to joke ”.
Verstappen: “Hamilton makes the difference in crucial moments”
“Lewis is certainly one of the best drivers ever. It’s true, many would be able to win with his car, but that doesn’t detract from him – added the Dutchman – A good example of what I’m saying is this year’s Turkish Grand Prix – it was a very difficult race, but in the end Lewis managed to win by staying on track without making any mistakes. If you see where Bottas is up with the same car, you understand the difference between a champion and a good driver ”.