Verstappen: Hamilton huge expertise not an 'benefit'

Max Verstappen believes Lewis Hamilton’s huge expertise in combating for the world title doesn’t represent a bonus for the Mercedes driver in his battle towards the Dutchman.

Forward of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix the place F1’s two contenders will resume their battle on the high of pyramid, Verstappen trails Hamilton by 8 factors.

The Purple Bull driver had the higher hand over his arch-rival within the early summer season, however the pair’s conflict on the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and Verstappen’s first lap contact in Hungary allowed Hamilton to overtake his opponent.

The seven-time Grand Prix winner subsequently finds himself within the acquainted place of championship chief, however Verstappen defined why his rival’s expertise is not an edge for the Briton.

Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing celebrates his pole position in qualifying parc ferme with Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1. 26.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 8, Steiermark Grand Prix, Spielberg

“Personally, I do not assume so,” Verstappen stated. “The one benefit you may actually have is simply if in case you have a sooner automobile. On this sport, it is so dominant when you’ve gotten a very good automobile.

“There’s so many good drivers on this sport however they do not have the chance to struggle on the entrance.

“So if in case you have seven titles or one or zero, I believe on the finish of the day, when you’ve gotten spent just a few years in F1, and particularly extra in the direction of the entrance, like high 5, that you need to try to end each race.

“You realize that you need to try to rating essentially the most accessible factors each single weekend and I believe all of us we at all times try to do our greatest and race in the absolute best means.

“So, I do not actually see the benefit there.”

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Purple Bull was thought of to have a greater automobile than Mercedes on the outset of the 2021 season, however at Silverstone, updates carried out on the Brackley outfit’s W11 allowed the latter to bridge the hole with Purple Bull’s automobile.

However Verstappen is assured that extra potential stays to be unlocked from his RB16B.

“We had a number of good races, simply the final two did not go our means [for reasons] out of our management,” Verstappen stated.

“Yeah, I am very constructive. The group is wanting ahead to getting began once more and naturally there’s nonetheless a number of races to be held. Let’s examine the way it goes.”

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