Lewis Hamilton has responded to recent claims made by Nico Rosberg over his fitness and how he compares currently to in-form Max Verstappen.
Through Rosberg’s recent punditry and his YouTube channel, the retired 2016 World Champion has declared Verstappen the current fastest driver in Formula 1.
In Germany, he also cast doubt over Hamilton’s illness saying it was all part of the show.
Nico Rosberg: "I think the man flu was just part of The Lewis Hamilton Show. He likes to make it look more difficult than it is." #F1
— Planet F1 (@Planet_F1) July 28, 2019
When asked about Rosberg’s comments, Hamilton said he is not interested in his former team-mate’s “blog” or his opinion.
“I’ve never seen the blog. It has no influence on my life,” Hamilton is quoted as saying by Grandpx.news in Hungary.
“Whether he’s right or wrong doesn’t interest me, although he has the right to his opinion. But I think my records and results basically speak for themselves.
“There are always people who did not have the success that I did who want to talk, but that’s ok.
“I once read a book and it said when people talk bad about you, don’t take it personally because they’re actually talking about themselves.”
As for any question marks made over his fitness as he gets older, Hamilton has said he is fine fettle.
“I feel great,” Hamilton added.
“I’m still fit. Maybe not fitter than ever because I was sick a week ago, but I wanted to come back strongly this weekend and I succeeded.
“I am 34, but I feel like I’m doing better than ever.”
— Planet F1 (@Planet_F1) August 4, 2019