The Formula 1 title fight comes to a head and with it the pressure on the protagonists Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen also increases. GP veteran Giedo van der Garde is certain that the latter will not be deterred.
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton only separate two championship points after 15 of the 22 planned races, the championship leadership changed at the most recent trial of strength in Sochi in favor of the defending champion from the Mercedes camp. Verstappen, who had to roll up the field from behind because of his engine penalty, put second place on damage control.
The 24-year-old Dutchman is coping remarkably well with the pressure on his shoulders and his compatriot Giedo van der Garde is sure that the Red Bull Racing star won’t show any nerves in the remaining races either. The former GP star says about the duel between the current World Cup runner-up and the seven-time world champion to Racingnews365: Of course, if it’s still so close at the end, experience in the fight for the title is a factor.”
«Because how do you deal with this pressure? Lewis has an advantage, of course, because he has already won seven world titles, while Max has never won a title. Max will feel a certain pressure that he has probably never felt before, ”explains the 36-year-old. “But after his sovereign performance in Zandvoort, where everyone expected him to win, I don’t see any problems in this area.”
Van der Garde, who contested a total of 19 GPs in 2013, adds: “Yes, yes, Verstappen also feels pressure. But pressure can also be a good thing. You can turn it into a good result, and that’s what everyone needs. Verstappen showed that in the Netherlands. Everyone was there for him, in orange, but he did an extremely good job. Sometimes pressure is negative, sometimes it’s very positive, and with him it’s very positive.”