Verstappen admits Hamilton would’ve beaten him even if he started in pole -“I couldn’t pass him”

The most prominent feature of the Portuguese GP was the pace difference between Mercedes and Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, both title rivals, finished first and second respectively.

The question that arises is would the roles have been reversed had Verstappen started from pole?

According to the Dutchman, even if he had started from pole, Hamilton would still have crossed him effortlessly. He also went on to say that his RB16B lacked a “little bit of grip, little bit of top speed” compared to Mercedes’ W12.

“I think once Lewis would have passed Valtteri, then he would have come at me anyway. So, I am not sure if I could have kept him behind,” Verstappen told Sky Sports F1 after the race.

For Max to chase the Mercedes was completely out of the question. Even though the youngster managed to overtake Hamilton around the start of the race, he could not hold the position for long.

“I jumped Lewis on the restart and then trying to put pressure on Valtteri because he was struggling for grip. And still I couldn’t pass him,” he said.

He also disclosed that they were “just not being able to put the pressure on them really”.

The weekend in Portugal was an added nightmare for the drivers with a slippery track and heavy winds. As a result Max is looking forward to the race in Barcelona where he will look to redeem himself.

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