Max Verstappen has surely posed a challenge for Lewis Hamilton for the first time in the turbo hybrid era, which many race fans would have not expected. Having already collided with the seven-time world champion on two occassions now, it is clear that the heat between the pair is way too much. Safe to say, that there is ging to be immense amount of drama unfolding in the next grand prix.
However, with Red Bull continuing the war of words this week as they defend their Dutch driver, who received a three-place grid penalty for the next race. Moreover, the clash at Monza is not the first incident where Verstappen and Hamilton have had a war of words.
Now, In October 2019, when the Mercedes driver had just emerged victorious in the Mexican Grand Prix, his Red Bull rival accused Hamilton of making a “silly comment”.
Max Verstappen on Lewis Hamilton
Now to add to the latest off track banter, Lewis Hamilton claimed that he affords the Red Bull driver extra room in the fear of being “torpedoed”.
Max Verstappen responded as quoted by Express.co.uk, “It was a silly comment to make. I don’t need to dig into other people in a press conference because it is disrespectful and I prefer to fight on track. It only shows that I am in their heads and I guess that is a good thing. I am a hard racer, but fair, and it is just not correct [what Hamilton said]. I like to fight hard but on the edge.
“If they want me to stay behind it is better that I stay at home. I want to take the fight to them because that is what we are here for.”