rence between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen over the weekend at the Nürburgring was not big, and the Briton expects their fights to be more intense for the rest of this and next season… In qualifying for the Eiffel Grand Prix, only 37 thousandths of a second separated second-placed Hamilton and third-placed Verstappen.
In Sunday's race, they were first and second, and the difference in the finish was less than five seconds. Although Mercedes and Hamilton are sovereignly advancing towards a new double title, the impression is that Red Bull is gradually solving the problems of their car and that it is increasingly threatening the leading team.
The six-time world champion in an interview for Sky Sports praises Max and announces increasingly intense clashes in the future. "He is a great talent, he is very fast and constant. It's not easy to beat that young man and the rising champion.
" “You saw he had the fastest lap at the end of the race at the Nürburgring, and I really pressed as hard as I could to set the fastest lap. They have a great car and I think they are making continuous progress.
I think it will be pretty close in our fights, especially until the end of the season. ” “There will be a track that might go in their favor, and next year we will drive cars that will be very similar to these and I think in the next 12 months we could have the most uncertain race ever between the two of us and our teams,” Hamilton announces.
Maybe Lewis and Max will show us some of these fights that the Briton is announcing this weekend, when Formula 1 will visit Portugal for the first time in 24 years. For the first time in history, a race will be run on the Portimao track.
Hamilton will be looking for his 92nd career victory at this new location, which would put him at the top of the eternal list by the number of victories in F1. He is currently aligned with Michael Schumacher. He points out that winning doesn’t get any easier, despite those big numbers and records.
"It's crazy that every weekend, even after 91 victories, it never gets easier. I can tell you that. In fact, it seems to be getting harder. I remember my first victory in Montreal, I was so young and I didn’t have the knowledge I have today, but now it’s physically demanding in a different way and mentally also in a different way.
But it's just as hard, if not harder, ”explains Lewis. By the way, Hamilton has some driving experience on the Portimao track. He tested there with McLaren, back in 2009.