Lewis Hamilton thinks Max Verstappen can still grow a lot in Formula 1. The Briton expects a lot from the Dutchman and endorses how young Verstappen is still new.
Despite Verstappen’s young age, he manages to put the fire to seven-time world champion Hamilton this year. The two are in an unprecedentedly exciting fight for the world title and have come into confrontation a number of times. Still, off the track there always seems to be peace and quiet between the two ruffs and Hamilton thinks it’s partly due to the different life stages in which both drivers find themselves.
Wisdom comes with age
First of all, Hamilton points to his experience and age, which makes it easier for him to put things down. “I’m 36 years old. I’ve been doing this for a very long time, so this isn’t the first time I’ve raced against a driver who has both good and bad qualities. I think I’m in a much better position now that I can deal with that better, especially dealing with the spotlight and pressure of this sport,” says Hamilton in an extensive interview with the media.
Hamilton looks to the past
Hamilton thinks there is still enough progress to be made for Verstappen in that regard, purely based on his age. “I know he’s a super fast guy, and he’s only going to get stronger and stronger as he gets older. That’s definitely going to happen,” said Hamilton. “When I look at myself when I was 24 or 25. Jesus, the mistakes I made then. I had the speed, but went through so many experiences outside the car. Being in the spotlight and the pressure of being up front. I don’t think that I did a lot of things right at that time, so I don’t look at that on anyone now,” he finally reflects.