Hill thinks title race will be difficult for Verstappen – “You know it can swing the other way”

Damon Hill thinks the title race will be difficult for Max Verstappen, saying he will be aware that it can all go wrong in a second.

Verstappen leads Lewis Hamilton by 12 points as things stand. However, everybody knows that bigger leads have been bottled before, and there is every chance this deficit gets overturned as well.

With five races to go, even an average result for Verstappen will be a season-killer if Hamilton capitalises on the opportunity. As such, Hill thinks the title race will be difficult for Verstappen, and said that he will always have fear in the back of his mind.

“I think it’s going to be difficult for Max to keep his cool now,” Hill told the F1 Nation podcast, as quoted by Racingnews365.com.

“Because he’s sort of got just a tiny little glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel. That little light that says, ‘You’re a World Champion.’

Verstappen (pictured) needs to keep his cool, according to Hill. Source: racingnews365.com

“I think, my God, to keep your cool now… You know that it can all swing the other way. In some senses, it’s yours to lose. You’ve almost got it, but you can lose it, and that is a tension as much as it’s a relief.

“Sometimes it’s harder to hold this precious thing and protect it, than it is to chase after something.”

Challenger or pretender?

Hill also questioned whether Hamilton is fast enough to challenge Verstappen at this point in the season.

“Lewis has often said he’d prefer to be the predator than the prey,” the former world champion continued.

“What has Lewis actually got to attack with? It looks like he’s losing the things he needs to attack Max.

So I think, in some senses, Max is comfortable with the fact that the car can do the job for him, and he can do the job.

“But it’s much more difficult as you get closer and closer to the final destination,” he concluded.

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