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Max Verstappen has responded to Nico Rosberg’s comments. Lewis Hamilton exposed a minor mistake from the Dutch driver in Portimao to snatch victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Rosberg went on to suggest that Verstappen is finally seeing how good Lewis Hamilton is now that they are properly going wheel-to-wheel for race victories. But Verstappen crushed talk that he is unaware of the meteoric challenge in front of him this season.
“I don’t need Nico to make me realise how good Lewis is,” he said. “I know he’s very good, otherwise you don’t win so many championships.”
Despite falling short in Portugal, Verstappen admitted there is great “trust” in his battle against the seven-time world champion.
“Yeah, it’s been really cool,” Verstappen said of his rivalry with Hamilton. “Especially when you race a driver, when you know that you can go to the absolute limit, I guess you can trust each other to just race super hard.
“I think that’s always really nice because you can see in the three races… it’s been really close to each other but predictable.
“Lewis has never had something like ‘oh, we’re going to crash’ or something. I always have full trust in Lewis that we all give each other enough space.”