Mercedes sends a big message to Hamilton after Verstappen’s win in the form of its driver Nyck de Vries – Since his Formula 1 defeat by Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton has been silent. And the Mercedes Formula E driver has been rather understanding about the British drivers’ feelings.
Since the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last December, Lewis Hamilton has been silent. He was on his way to victory and an eighth world F1 title when he saw Max Verstappen make up the deficit and finally win. This was due to a decision by race management that some feel was incorrect but in reality, as the FIA’s ‘umpire’ was a final decision to be followed without question.
While the Dutchman received a wave of tributes, Lewis Hamilton received a lot of support, particularly from Mercedes. After the management of the German team, it was the turn of Nyck de Vries, Formula E driver, to show understanding towards Lewis Hamilton.
“I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose an eighth title, but I respect and understand his feelings…”
“First of all, I want to stress that Max is a very deserving world champion,” says Nyck,
“Everyone, especially me, thinks he deserved it. He had a fantastic season, there is no doubt about his qualities or that he deserved to win the championship, we all agree on that. That’s something I definitely want to acknowledge.
“But on the other hand, Lewis (Hamilton) has also had a very good season. On Sunday in Abu Dhabi he did everything he needed to do to win the title. The race direction made decisions that were not in accordance with the rules and surprised him, which ultimately deprived him of the championship.
“This is of course a very bad thing and I don’t think it should be possible in the sport. But what can be done? I don’t know. I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose an eighth title, but I respect and understand his feelings.
“It would have been the same if the situation had been reversed. Anyway, Max is just a very good driver, a hero and he deserves the championship. That’s also a fact,” said Nyck de Vries.