Max Verstappen has played down the experience from the 7-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton, saying he doubts it helps him in the current fight for the drivers’ title.
Formula 1 returns this weekend with the Belgian Grand Prix, and the fight between Verstappen and Hamilton resumes following the dramatic events we’ve seen in the first half of the season. When asked if he sees Hamilton’s experience as an advantage in the battle, Verstappen said: “Personally, I don’t think so,” and attributed the advantage to the faster car, not to the driver.
“The only advantage you can really have I think is just if you have a faster car. In this sport, it’s so dominant when you have a good car. There are so many good drivers in this sport, but they don’t have the opportunity to fight at the front.
“If you have seven titles or one, or zero… at the end of the day, when you have spent a few years in F1, especially more towards the front, like top five, you know that you have to try and finish every race, you know that you have to try and score the most available points every single weekend.
“I think all of us, we always try to do our best and race in the best possible way, so I don’t really see the advantage there.”