Hamilton would relish chance to dispel Max myth

Date published: August 2 2019

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has whetted the appetite for a team-mate battle with Max Verstappen in the future and show he can beat him in the same car.

Not for the first (or probably last) time this season, Hamilton was asked about the prospect of going head-to-head with Verstappen at the same team.

Whilst he has no problems working with Valtteri Bottas, the five-time World Champion has said he would have the same feelings if it was the Dutchman on the other side of the garage, too.

“I’ve honestly got no problem with it,” Hamilton said via Sky Sports F1.

“As I’ve said before, I like working with Valtteri.

“I don’t know how that [Verstappen] dynamic would work for the team, but I’m not saying it would, or would not.

“I see positives and potential negatives, obviously there’s always positives and negatives with different people that you end up working with.”

Hamilton then said he has seen arguments made that he only beats Verstappen at the moment because he drives a superior car. Having him as a team-mate would give him the chance to prove those particular people wrong.

He added: “In some ways it works well for me because I see stories that we’ve got different cars and that’s the only [reason I beat Verstappen].

“That gives me an opportunity to show you that that’s not the case!”

As for whether Verstappen can launch something resembling a title challenge this season after closing in on second place in the World Championship standings, the Dutchman is pessimistic about that happening.

“I just try to do the best possible job every weekend and with Mercedes having had such a dominant start to the season, I think it’s really hard to catch them,” Verstappen said.

“I’m going to try but I’m not thinking about the championship.”

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