The best has yet to come. Lewis Hamilton expects the battle with Max Verstappen in the second half of the season to be at least as difficult and hard as it was before the summer. “It will be very close. And hard, hard too. Just like in the first half of the season”, predicts the world champion in an exclusive conversation with Fpal.
And he had foresight as the conversation took place before the Belgian Grand Prix. After all, the two met again in Monza, resulting in the much-discussed penalty for Verstappen. The media storm that comes with such a battle, it’s something Hamilton is already familiar with. With the exception of a few vintages, Hamilton has always competed for the title.
“But I wouldn’t know in what way that would be an advantage. Max is a top driver, a champion as he proved in the past in the entry-level classes. Every title, in any class, will increase your experience. Just like I am under no less pressure than Max because I was already a world champion.” In his rookie year as a young dog, Hamilton already had a fight with Fernando Alonso, already two-time champion at that time. Little has changed since then, says the now 36-year-old Hamilton.
“Today I just have more experience. We all look back and think we might do things differently now. But there is another aspect in Formula 1, there is nothing that can prepare a young driver, like I was in 2007, for sudden fame. To the attention of the international media. On the pressure that a world like Formula 1 creates. It’s something you have to learn. We’ve also all learned to ride a bike with two small wheels in the back to keep it upright, and some kids throw those wheels off earlier than others.”