Lewis Hamilton's statements from a few days ago caused a huge number of reactions. The Brit believes that Max Verstappen's success is being 'exaggerated' Hamilton seems to believe he hasn't had the same amount of attention that Verstappen currently has.
"It's actually interesting because I was running this morning and I was thinking about this," Hamilton said, as quoted by crash.net! "The narrative, that goes through the media… you know when I qualified half a second, six tenths ahead of Valtteri, they didn't say the same thing as they say today when Max qualifies six tenths ahead of Perez - it's blown up much more.
And in my personal opinion, Valtteri, and actually all my team-mates, have been stronger than the team-mates that Max has had. Jenson [Button], Fernando [Alonso], George [Russell], Valtteri… Nico [Rosberg] - I've had so many.
These guys have all been very consistent, and Max has not raced against anyone like that”.
Max Verstappen reacts to Hamilton's statement
Max Verstappen, speaking to the Dutch media, answered Hamilton. The Dutchman believes that Hamilton is jealous and that he should put the greatest focus on himself and his progress.
“Maybe he's a little jealous of my current success? He may think he's winning something with it, but it really doesn't matter to me.
You can keep shouting and screaming that it's not that special what we're doing right now, but you'd better be more concerned with yourself.
Because that's all you can influence”. Mercedes has dominated for many years. However, their dominance has now come to an end. Verstappen believes that Mercedes must accept that they are not the main force on the F1 scene at the moment.
Mercedes executives seem to have a problem accepting the fact that Red Bull currently dominates.
“I think they [Mercedes] have a very hard time dealing with loss. That’s kind of the problem when you've won everything for so many years in a row.
But you also have to be realistic. If it's not in it, then it's not in it. And then, I think, you have to be able to appreciate what others are doing. We have always done that in the years that Mercedes was so good. We said to each other: we have to work harder, because we are not good enough compared to Mercedes."
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