Lewis Hamilton claims rival Max Verstappen will struggle with ‘difficult, intense pressure’ as their F1 title race heats up… but the Dutchman hits back, saying the British driver ‘really doesn’t know me’
- Lewis Hamilton has stepped up the war of words with rival Max Verstappen
- He insists the Dutchman will endure ‘intense pressure’ in the F1 title race
- But Verstappen rejected his words and said Hamilton really doesn’t know him’
Lewis Hamilton has claimed Max Verstappen is struggling to cope with title pressure.
The Briton is an old hand in the long game, having won and lost championships in the last race of four seasons, but this is the first time Verstappen has seen a lengthy battle for the world crown.
The two collided for the second time this season at the Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago, with Verstappen being blamed by the stewards. He takes a three-place grid penalty into this weekend’s race in Russia.
Lewis Hamilton thinks his rival Max Verstappen may be under pressure in the title race
Their battle for the Formula 1 championship intensifies with Red Bull having the advantage
Hamilton, who is five points behind Verstappen with eight races to go, was asked how the Dutchman is doing.
“I’m just saying I remember what it was like when I had my first title fight and the pressure definitely increased,” he said.
“It was hard, it was intense. I went through a lot of different emotions and I didn’t always handle them well.
‘And that’s to be expected. There is a lot of pressure from you to work in a large team. There is a lot of self-expectation because the desire to win is enormous. I feel sorry for that.’
But the Dutchman hit back and says his comments show that he really doesn’t know him’
The British star says he does not suffer from the after-effects of his collision with Verstappen
Verstappen hit back and said with a hint of sarcasm, “I’m so nervous I can barely sleep. It’s so terrible to fight for a title. I really hate it. Those comments show that he really doesn’t know me.’
Hamilton was saved from an impact to the head by his ‘halo’ device after meeting Verstappen at Monza and taking medical advice. Any lasting effects?
“Luckily not,” added the seven-time champion.
“I was very lucky to have Angela (Cullen, his trainer) with me all week. She was supposed to go home but I had positive treatments, lots of yoga and then managed to get back into the gym. I’m feeling good.’