Lewis Hamilton has assured that he and Max Verstappen have a good relationship.
Hamilton and Verstappen are locked in a heated battle for the Drivers’ Championship. The pair have collided on two occasions, and tempers flared between drivers and teams both times.
Nevertheless, the seven-time world champion insists that their personal relationship has never been better. Hamilton assured that he and Verstappen have a good relationship, and stressed that a title rivalry hasn’t changed anything.
“I always try to make sure I go over to him, and it doesn’t feel any different to me. Of course, we sat in the stewards’ office the other day (after their Italian GP crash) and it wasn’t hostile. He gave his point of view and I gave my point of view.”
Ego at the door
Hamilton said that after their British GP shunt, he called Verstappen up to discuss it. The British Knight felt that he should reach out to his Dutch counterpart, because as the elder of the two, he knew he wouldn’t have initiated contact at Verstappen’s age.
“I called him after Silverstone, but, again, I don’t mean to be patronising, but I am much older,” he said.
“I’m much older and it was important for me to call and to be able to break the ice. I wouldn’t have been able to do that when I was 25. I don’t hold any hostility against him. I feel he’s a tremendous talent and I am enjoying racing with him.
“Do I agree with everything he does? It doesn’t even matter. What matters is that he does him and he will learn, and all I can control is what I do and how I handle things.
“Whatever happens at the end of the year, we are going to be shaking hands and we will be back to fight again the next year,” he concluded.