Max Verstappen slams Lewis Hamilton’s rivalry, saying, “I am very certain I am faster.”
Max Verstappen has vowed not to give up this season in his pursuit of a championship victory against Lewis Hamilton.
Following relinquishing the championship lead to Lewis Hamilton after the Hungarian Grand Prix, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has promised not to give up fighting for the title this season.
After building up a substantial lead over the seven-time world champion, Verstappen has had two dismal weekends, with a DNF and a ninth-place finish, with any possible outcomes thwarted by two separate Mercedes mishaps.
Verstappen, who had a 33-point lead going into the weekend, clashed violently with Hamilton on the first lap of the British Grand Prix, slamming the barriers hard.
Hamilton was given a ten-place time penalty for the incident, but he went on to win in front of his home crowd, narrowing the gap to only eight points going into Hungary.
Verstappen was then involved in yet another first lap incident in Budapest, this time with Valtteri Bottas, who ran out of shape into the first corner, wiping off Lando Norris and Sergio Perez, as well as receiving substantial damage to the right side of his barge board.
The 23-year-old finished ninth, earning only two points for Red Bull in the previous two races.
With Hamilton leading by eight points, the Dutchman announced that the fight was far from over.
The 23-year-old told De Telegraaf, “I’m sure we can make it an intriguing battle.”
“We still have a chance to win and should not give up so easily.
“This is how I see it: I can still outrun anyone in a car. It also has something in it.
“I have no doubt that I am faster than Lewis. Thinking in this manner works great for me. I’d be better off staying at home if I didn’t think so.”
Mercedes struggled early in the season, but the seven-time world champions appear to have regained their stride on courses that suit them.
Verstappen, meanwhile, was certain heading into the summer break that they have the car to get out of the rut.
“Earlier this year, I believe the cars were certainly equal,” he remarked. “Now Mercedes is back on track, and we must at the very least straighten it out. Then I’ll be able to tell the difference.
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