Max Verstappen admits seven-time formula one world champion Lewis Hamilton “better prepared” for a title war but doesn’t believe the extra experience gives his opponent the upper hand with two races left.
When Hamilton Seeking a record eighth driver’s title, Verstappen is looking to claim his first after a fine season with Red Bull.
The Dutchman has eight points clear at the top of the standings but heads into his F1 debut this weekend in Saudi Arabia on the back foot, with Hamilton winning the last two races in Brazil and Qatar.
Hamilton, 36, won his first title in 2008 and has won another six of the past seven seasons as both he and Mercedes have dominated the sport.
“I think of course when you’re in this stage of your career you’re better prepared than you were in the first or second stage, when Lewis Verstappen 24 years old said.
“I think it’s a natural and very normal development. I also feel better prepared and more experienced than when I first entered Formula One.
“No, I don’t think that makes a huge difference, because otherwise it would have shown throughout the season already.”
When asked about his progress from winning his second season at McLaren to potentially overtaking Michael Schumacher to become Formula One’s first eight-time champion, Hamilton revealed “sleepless nights” ‘ is now a thing of the past.
“There are a few things, it is different in a sense because we have two extremely close teams, being a team that we are fighting in uncharted territory, no team or driver won eight titles. It is fresh and new.
“On the other side, I feel more comfortable than ever. I’ve been here so long and I remember how I got my first championship, even my second and third championships, sleepless nights and everything.
“I am more certain of myself, I cannot change anything from the past but all I can do is prepare as best I can for what lies ahead and I know I can. ”
Hamilton and Verstappen have had mind games together, disagreeing and racing the wheel in 2021 but one thing the pair can agree on is the sight of an almost good belt war for F1.
“I think for the sport, naturally with the growth of what’s happened, we’ve had new arrivals and this is the perfect time for them to come in because it’s one of those times. the most exciting the sport has had in a long time. Hamilton added.
While Verstappen said: “Fighting against Lewis is generally good for the sport. It’s a young man against established world champions, multiple world champions, and I think it’s very exciting. ”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/motor-racing/formula1/max-verstappen-lewis-hamilton-f1-title-b1968805.html Max Verstappen downplays Lewis Hamilton’s additional experience in belt wars