Damon Hill argues that Max Verstappen is failing in an area where Lewis Hamilton is an expert.
When it comes to dealing with the media, the racing icon believes his compatriot Lewis Hamilton is superior.
Damon Hill, a Formula One icon, claims that Max Verstappen is struggling with the public scrutiny that comes with being a championship candidate, and that his title opponent Lewis Hamilton’s considerably better experience has given him an advantage in dealing with such stress. In his post-qualifying press conference at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Verstappen lost his cool and swore.
Verstappen’s reaction came after he was constantly grilled about the now-famous accident between himself and Hamilton at Silverstone, which has dominated Formula One discussion for weeks. “It’s not fair because Tom [Clarkson, the interviewer at driver press conferences] has a job to do,” Hill stated on the F1 Nation podcast.
“It’s unrealistic to expect people not to ask the awkward questions in our sport, or any sport with a large following.
“You’re going to be investigated; people are going to look into your personal life and your commercial dealings.
“It’s the nature of being in the spotlight that they want to know everything about you.”
Hill also suggested that because Hamilton began his career so young and has been racing for such a long time, he is now a skilled at dealing with press confrontation. “I think Max is struggling; maybe he just wants to live a quiet life and race his cars,” he added. Lewis, on the other hand, has been exposed to the media from a young age and has learnt to deal with it.
“I believe he’s better at dealing with it today than he was before. This is another talent that professional athletes must master: not becoming irritated by being asked the same question over and over again, even if it makes you want to scream.”
Former driver Allan McNish concurred with Hill’s statements, believing that Red Bull failed to adequately prepare or safeguard their driver. McNish presently works for Audi as a team principal in Formula E.
“With my team principal hat on, I’d go to our internal PR and say, ‘Right, what’s going to happen now?’” McNish explained. We must safeguard our driver and ensure that he is safe.”Brinkwire Summary News”.