For the first time in years, Lewis Hamilton is really challenged again in the battle for the world title by Max Verstappen. Where earlier this year he thought he had a certain advantage over Verstappen, he is now of a different opinion.
It was on the Thursday prior to the Spanish Grand Prix, the fourth Formula 1 Grand Prix of the year, that Fpal asked Lewis Hamilton whether he saw an advantage in having had a real title fight so much more than Max Verstappen. fought.
“This year we see the most exciting fight in Formula 1 in times,” he began his answer at the time. “Max performs exceptionally well and without a doubt has a championship car and a championship team. If we don’t do our job well, they can do it.”
“However, I think the team’s experience helps us approach the weekends in a certain way and how we can fight back after difficult weekends,” he continues. “And for myself, I like to believe that my personal experience is also an advantage. However, that doesn’t mean that in the end you just have to do your job well and flawlessly.”
Now, eleven races and perhaps new insights further, Hamilton says in conversation with Formula 1 Magazine something different: “I would not know in what way experience with fighting for the world title would be an advantage”, said the Mercedes driver, who simply sees a strong opponent in Verstappen.
“Max is just a top driver. In the junior categories he already proved to be a champion and in each of those classes you increase your experience. I am no less under pressure than Verstappen because I have been world champion once.”