Max Verstappen aims dig at F1 rival Lewis Hamilton amid rumours of shock Mercedes move | F1 | Sport


The Brit is on course to win his sixth world championship and sits a massive 62 points clear of Valtteri Bottas.

Before the summer break Hamilton’s closest challenger was Verstappen though.

And the Dutchman believes F1 is car-dependent but that the 34-year-old has not been challenged by the driver who sits beside him in his garage.

“It’s car-dependent,” the 21-year-old said in an interview with Motor Sport Magazine.

“I don’t think he’s had the pressure of a team-mate over the years.”

When then asked about Nico Rosberg, who beat Lewis Hamilton to the F1 world title in 2016, Verstappen pushed back and blamed reliability as the reason the German won.

He explained: “He should really have won it in 2016 as well if it wasn’t for the engine failure… but after the summer break there were a few poor starts and stuff where he lost first place.

“But he never really had big pressure from his team-mates.”

Rumours have been rife since it was revealed Max Verstappen has a clause in his Red Bull contract which could see him walk away at the end of the season.

His manager Raymond Vermeulen confirmed the Dutchman has a way of exiting the team.

“We confirm that there is a performance clause in the contract,” he explained.

“But we will not make any further statements about its content.

“Red Bull and Verstappen know exactly what the agreements entail.”

That has led to F1 fans and pundits alike getting excited about the prospect of Hamilton and Verstappen lining up at Mercedes next season.

Bottas is under pressure at the team with Esteban Ocon also waiting in the wings.

F1 returns after the summer break with the Belgian Grand Prix on September 1.

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