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Max Verstappen has no objections as Lewis Hamilton looks set to race away towards another World Drivers’ Championship. The Red Bull driver and his team have been unable to deliver on the pre-season expectations which saw them tipped to challenge for the title.
Mercedes have been F1’s pace-setters since 2014 and Hamilton has played a key role in their dominance at the pinnacle of motorsport – winning five titles during that time. Verstappen refused to mourn Hamilton or Mercedes’ advantage when asked if the Brit being so far ahead of his rivals is bad for F1.
“He’s doing a great job,” said Verstappen. “He’s beating his team-mate, so when you’re beating your team-mate with that car, you’re winning the race. I think it’s as simple as that.”
Verstappen is currently third in the drivers’ standings, 36 points adrift of runaway leader Hamilton and six off the pace of Bottas.
“I’m not frustrated,” said Verstappen. “I just accepted the situation we are in, so I’m just trying of course to make the best of that. It’s also not a very frustrating position to be in. I think a lot of people would like to be in my car.
“We’re still fighting for podiums, so I don’t understand why people straight away think I’m super frustrated or anything. It’s still, I think, a great position to be in. Much better than driving in last, I can tell you that. We just keep pushing and keep trying, of course, to make it better, the overall pace of the car.”
Verstappen will pit himself against Hamilton, Bottas and the rest of his rivals at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday.
“Mercedes are doing an incredible job, and you also have to accept that,” said Verstappen. “That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to beat them. Every opportunity I will get in the coming races where there is a chance, I will of course go for it and try to beat them.”