‘Vettel and Hamilton are nervous of Verstappen’

Michelle Foster
Max Verstappen Lewis Hamilton Charles Leclerc


Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton “get a bit nervous” around Max Verstappen, which Jos Verstappen reckons is rather “nice”.

After finishing third in last year’s championship, Verstappen is expected to go wheel-to-wheel with Lewis Hamilton this season.

The Red Bull driver is being billed by fans and pundits alike as the Mercedes driver’s number one threat in his quest to bag a seventh World title.

Verstappen insists he is up for the challenge, depending of course on whether Red Bull provide him with a car capable of winning races.

But even if his RB16 is not quite at the Mercedes standard, his father Jos feels Hamilton should be wary.

“People often forget that Max regularly had to take more risks, because he was in a slower car than, for example, Hamilton,” the former driver told De Telegraaf.

“Max always drives on the edge. People want to see that too.

“Vettel and Hamilton get a bit nervous when he drives behind them.

“Nice isn’t it?”

What is also ‘nice’ for Verstappen is that the youngster doesn’t have to go into this season dogged by rumours about his future.

Earlier this year he signed a new long-term deal with Red Bull that will keep him at the Milton Keynes team until the end of 2023.

That put to rest rumours that he could be off to Mercedes.

“If you have to negotiate a new contract in this situation, it will be a distraction,” added Jos.

“We are very happy at Red Bull and I really think we are closer this year than last season.

“We were very positive and we still are.”

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