A rather ongoing debate here on TJ13 over the years, perhaps less so in recent times, no doubt due to the fact it’s been discussed ad infinitum – Is Lewis Hamilton ‘A Great’ of F1? (WORTH A READ COMPARING TEAM MATE BATTLES BEFORE MERCEDES)
Certainly, during an interview with the UK newspaper The Telegraph , Max Verstappen was asked why Max is so reluctant to lavish extravagant accolades upon Lewis Hamilton, then the UK paper says, in a rather typical UK media fashion, say that by common consent that Lewis Hamilton is “the finest driver of his generation”.
I suppose many would see that as true, obviously discounting the car advantage Lewis has enjoyed for so many years, but one does wonder what fireworks would erupt if one was to place Verstappen in the same team as Hamilton, and just who would come out on top.
Alas, it’s unlikely Lewis would allow someone such as Verstappen in as a team mate so we will never know but if Verstappen stays on at Red Bull, perhaps we might see more challenges similar to the one we just witnessed in Hungary.
“Mercedes are clearly still the dominant force, but we are closing in,” Verstappen says. “We can give them a hard time. We already have the edge in some areas”
“If we can make another small jump in qualifying, then we can make it really difficult for them.”
Well, Verstappen in Hungary obviously ticked that box on the tight and twisty, less power unit sensitive, track.
Before the race, during an interview at least a week prior with The Telegraph, Verstappen seemed rather unimpressed by Lewis Hamilton’s record saying:
“Lewis has won many championships, but that doesn’t define ‘great’,” he argues. “He’s undoubtedly one of the best who has ever done it. But really, to say that he’s the best of his generation?”
“I don’t know. Maybe it’s Fernando Alonso. He could have won seven, eight world titles, if he had been at the right team.”
Post-race, after Hamilton managed to win by overtaking Verstappen on the 67th lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis clearly rates and values as a worthy opponent such as Max ensuring all take note of the difficulty of his victory.
“Obviously there is really no better feeling from a racing drivers’ point of view,” said Hamilton to Sky Sports
“When you have a race like today and you face a really strong competitor and a great driver like Max, who is obviously at his best and continuing to perform great, it’s really comforting.
“It’s awesome. I really am happy.”
Hamilton signed off finally by giving respect to his Dutch competitor saying:
“He put the car in some good places, I gave him space and more today but that’s mainly from a mindset, if we were fighting on the same points it may have been a lot more aggressive.
“But there was no need for that today and it was really just making sure that when we do finally pull off an overtaking manoeuvre that was clean.”
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