Jos Verstappen admits he respects Lewis Hamilton but suggests that start and end with the Mercedes driver’s feat on the track.
But Hamilton, who pulled the level in pursuit of a record-breaking eighth world title, has no relationship with senior Verstappen beyond the track.
“I never spoke to Lewis. He doesn’t need to talk to me. I am nothing to him. I respect him as a driver, but the rest…nothing,” he told Daily mail. “Max and Lewis only spoke on the podium, very little. When I saw Max with the other drivers, I thought they got on really well. But with Lewis, nothing. Lewis is in his own world.
“I’ve been in F1 – I’m nothing compared to Max – but I talk to some drivers and they’re all very friendly, or just say hello or whatever. We fly together many times, always with the same driver group, and we have a lot of fun.
“But there are some drivers who don’t look at you, they look at the ground.”
Verstappen raced with Michael Schumacher during his own F1 career, and maintains the German is very different from the British.
“Michael and I have a good relationship,” added Jos. “We also met privately. He’s changed a bit at the circuit, but he’ll still be friendly.
“Lewis does it in his own way, which you can’t say is wrong because he’s won a lot. Yes, he had teammates, but he was in the right environment. He made the right decision to go Mercedes and had the fastest car in a long time. He’s good, for sure. I respect him as a driver. The rest… “
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/motor-racing/formula1/lewis-hamilton-max-verstappen-f1-jos-b1971192.html F1: Max Verstappen’s father admits Lewis Hamilton’s respect is limited to mining as a driver