Max Verstappen subtly digs for ‘HAPPINESS’ Lewis Hamilton over seven F1 world titles
Max Verstappen suggests his F1 rival Lewis Hamilton was ‘LUCK’ and needed ‘a dominant team’ to win his seven titles after dethroning him to leave the Briton given his future
- Verstappen made a subtle dig at Hamilton when asked about his career goals
- He said he would need ‘luck’ and a ‘dominant team’ to match Hamilton’s success
- Verstappen won his first world title at the Yas Marina circuit in December
- He also denied Hamilton a record-breaking eighth championship crown
- Verstappen said all other achievements would be ‘bonus’ in the future
Max Verstappen did a subtle search for Lewis Hamilton by claiming he needs ‘a little luck’ and a ‘dominant team’ if he is to match the long-term success of his British rival.
Verstappen took his first world title and denied Hamilton a record-breaking eighth championship crown at the Yas Marina circuit on the final day of the 2021 F1 racing season in December.
Verstappen’s victory in Abu Dhabi was seen as controversial due to his being allowed to pass Hamilton on fresh tires on the final lap of the closing race after a change in usual safety car procedures.
Max Verstappen made a subtle dig at Lewis Hamilton when asked about his career goals
As a result, Hamilton would be undecided on whether or not to return to the Formula 1 grid for the 2022 season. His future is reportedly at stake in an FIA inquiry into events that transpired last month.
Meanwhile, Verstappen says he is focused on replicating his success again next season before admitting he will need some extra ‘luck’ on his side.
When asked about winning his first drivers’ championship and what the future holds, Verstappen told CarNext: “Everything that comes now is just a bonus and I’m just going to enjoy it.
Verstappen won his first world title at the Yas Marina circuit in December (above)
However, Verstappen’s victory in Abu Dhabi last month was considered controversial
‘You need a bit of luck to fight for seven or eight’ [titles]. You also need a very dominant team to do that, so you’re not always that lucky or you’re not in that era.
“Sometimes it doesn’t happen. For me I always wanted to win one and you will see where you go.
“Everything that comes now is a bonus, but that doesn’t mean if I lose a race…I’ll still be upset, but maybe a few minutes later I’ll say ‘it’s okay’.”
Hamilton currently holds seven world titles along with Michael Schumacher and holds several F1 records.
It is at the top of the charge for the most wins (103), pole positions (103) and podium finishes (182).
Verstappen’s win denied Hamilton a record-breaking eighth championship crown
Hamilton currently holds seven world titles along with Schumacher and holds several F1 records
As it stands, Hamilton’s contact with Mercedes will run until the end of the 2023 campaign, but following the events in Abu Dhabi, he could leave before the 2022 season kicks off.
Since Hamilton lost the title to Red Bull rival Verstappen on the last lap, Hamilton has refused to commit to whether he will see the remainder of his two-year contract, which is worth around £70million.
However, should Hamilton return to the track next season, he will look to boost his performance to date and claim that record-breaking eighth championship crown.