Over the past few months the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton e Max Verstappen it exploded quite hard, between accidents on the track and reciprocal jabs in the press. At the end of the last Russian GP, which smiled at both in terms of the final result, the two were, however, protagonists in the press conference of a funny curtain that also involved Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz. A question from a journalist from the Image, who compared the comeback made in Sochi by Verstappen with the one he put in place Michael sSchumacher in the 2011 Belgian GP. On that occasion the rider from Kerpen, who started 24th, reached the finish line in fifth position.
Verstappen, who was 14 in 2011, joked about his young age, taking his two podium mates with him. “In 2011? I’m not sure I saw that race. Lewis probably knows a little more – the Dutchman joked – Carlos and I were still … “. At this point, the reigning world champion himself, who was still competing for McLaren at the time, entered the speech ‘with a straight leg’: “You were still in the high chair!”. Then trying to remember which GP was in question, Hamilton pulled out of the game with a joke: “I think it was a bad race for me, so I don’t remember it”. Another true detail: the Englishman retired on lap 13 after an accident with the Japanese Kobayashi.
“I think we all know how Michael had some great races, some really memorable – recalled Verstappen again, before focusing on his ‘run-up’ Sunday – I have not thought of such things. In the end, you always have to get out of your perspective. Every year, on each track, the conditions are completely different. But for me of course what was very important was just staying out of trouble. I just tried to get back up, but safely. And I think that’s what we did “ concluded the Red Bull standard bearer.