Formula 1: Max Verstappen stokes Lewis Hamilton rivalry with frank remark ahead of Mexican GP

Will Lewis Hamilton be able to close the gap against Verstappen in the Mexican Grand Prix or is the latter running away with the championship?

Max Verstappen on Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen has surely given Lewis Hamilton a challenge like never before in the turbo hybrid era. Being 12-points ahead entering the Mexican Grand Prix, the Red Bull ace driver has surely been at his best. Whereas even though Mercedes and Hamilton have struggled to frame their strategies every now and then yet the reigning world champion can never be outcasted from a championship race. 

However, Verstappen made recent remarks will surely indicates that he would not be sitting with Hamilton for a meal anytime soon. Those who are not aware, tension between Verstappen and Mercedes driver Hamilton has simmered all season especially after two track collisions between the pair. The latest of the on-track banter was when Verstappen called Hamilton ‘stupid idiot’ during practice session at Austin. 

Max Verstappen on Lewis Hamilton 

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton

In an interview with Gentleman’s Journal, Verstappen stated, “It’s good. I mean, we’re how competitors should be. We’re not exactly going to have dinner together but that’s fine. You have that competitive spirit and we always try to beat each other on track, but also try to respect each other off track as well.” 

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton

When asked about the flash points this season, he remained composed, “So far there have been some tense moments, but overall it’s been all right.” 

“It’s not going to influence anything I do on the weekend, on the track, or my performance, so it’s just a waste of time to look at it. I prefer to spend the free time I have with my family or friends.”

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