Daniel Ricciardo claims Lewis Hamilton’s rivalry with Max Verstappen led the British star to silence his doubters: ‘He’s showing people why he’s as good as he is’
- Daniel Ricciardo says Lewis Hamilton is now quietare leftover doubters
- Ricciardo says Hamilton is proving himself in his rivalry with Max Verstappen
- Hamilton and Verstappen have fought for the top position in every race this season
Lewis Hamilton’s dormant rivalry with Max Verstappen allows the seven-time world champion to bolster his greatness by finally silencing all persistent doubters.
That is the view of McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, whose teammate Lando Norris agrees that the fight is good for Formula 1’s popularity.
Hamilton and Red Bull’s Verstappen have competed for first place in each of the first four races of this season, with Hamilton taking the 23-year-old in three weekends and the Red Bull driver taking victory in Italy last month.
Daniel Ricciardo says Lewis Hamilton (R) has silenced his remaining doubters with his rivalry with Max Verstappen (L)
As the teams prepare to descend to Monaco for the first time since the pandemic, Australian Ricciardo said: “ Every race they’ve had a fight, every race they’ve been side by side at some point and it’s good for the sport. ‘
He added: ‘You’re really starting to see (see) a lot of people tilting their hats to Lewis the right way, he gets it back out and holds his ground and shows people, maybe who doubted him, why he was so good. is when he is…. who gets the best of it? At this stage I think you would always gain experience. ‘
Ricciardo believes that the battle between Hamilton and Verstappen is of great benefit to Formula 1
Norris agrees. “When you see a race for victory it’s always more interesting,” said the 21-year-old. “ It’s even exciting as a driver to watch and rethink the battles they fight. And they are very different drivers… which makes it even more interesting.
‘Who comes out best? It’s hard, you’d say the Mercedes looked faster on average this season, they also have (Valtteri) Bottas more often than (Sergio) Perez to back them up and help them with the strategy that makes a big difference … as Perez woke up there it’s not easy for Lewis, but maybe it doesn’t look as easy as it is! ‘
The McLaren duo spoke as the British team unveiled a one-off car for the Monaco Grand Prix.
To celebrate their partnership, McLaren will be adopting Gulf’s timeless blue and orange stripe design all weekend – on their cars, race suits and team gear. The drivers’ helmets, which also wear special retro designs, will be raffled off to raise money for a mental health charity, Mind.