‘You have to be the smarter one’ when racing Verstappen for F1 title, says Hamilton
The seven-time Formula 1 champion is talking about the challenge of racing wheel to wheel with Max Verstappen in their epic title battle this year.
Red Bull driver Verstappen has combined consummate skill with uncompromising aggression in a cocktail Hamilton has not faced before, at least not with this much at stake.
“Rather than giving someone the benefit of the doubt, you have to know that’s what’s going to happen,” Hamilton says.
“So you always have to be ready to avoid a collision at all costs, [even] if it means going wide, because you want to see the end of the race, right? If you’re stubborn and you hold your ground, you’re going to crash.
“So that’s what I’ve just tried to do. I’ve tried to make sure I avoid the collision. And I think I’ve been pretty decent at it in most scenarios. You can’t always get it perfect.”
Verstappen is just one topic Hamilton discusses in a wide-ranging interview as the title fight heads towards its climax, with eight points separating them and two races to go. BBC