“Senna vs Prost sounds best” – Max Verstappen stresses he focuses on himself and Red Bull rather than what his arch-rival Lewis Hamilton is up to.
After four seasons of Lewis Hamilton dominance, there is competition to witness for fans, with Max Verstappen posing a genuine title challenge.
The last time Hamilton did not win the title was in 2016, when teammate Nico Rosberg knocked him off his perch. And Verstappen feels it was easier for Rosberg to do so than it’ll be for him, as the German was in the same car as the Briton.
“Not really. They [Rosberg and Hamilton] were in the same car, so it’s easier to beat your teammate. We have different cars, so it’s something different.
“I think you can only judge the real driver performance for yourself if you are sitting next to someone in the same car.
“They [Mercedes] have been very dominant in recent years. It’s nice that this year we have the opportunity to race at a higher level. That makes it not as boring in the championship as it has been in the last few years.”
Some hope for Max Verstappen and Red Bull: Lewis Hamilton led Nico Rosberg by 19 points heading into the summer break in 2016.
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Senna vs Prost: Vol. 2?
Verstappen is yet to win a title, but the intensity of challenge he’s giving to Hamilton is impressive. This has led neutrals to compare their rivalry to other great ones in the sport, but the Dutchman is mostly unconcerned.
“For me, Senna vs Prost sounds best.
“But seriously, I don’t think about it too much. I don’t really see this rivalry with Lewis Hamilton that way either.
“I just focus on myself and on the team. That’s when we have the best chance.”