"I find it funny": Lewis Hamilton says Max Verstappen's comments on Mercedes are a sign of weakness
- Max Verstappen said Lewis Hamilton's success was due to his Mercedes car
- However, the Brit marked the 22-year-old's comments as a sign of weakness
- 35-year-old could win seventh world record title this season
Lewis Hamilton responded to criticism from Max Verstappen, calling the Dutchman's comments "a sign of weakness."
The 35-year-old Briton has won five of the last six world titles and will equal Michael Schumacher's seven championship record if he extends the heat this season.
But Verstappen, 22, recently said it was only for the Mercedes Mercedes car.
Lewis Hamilton (center) plunged into a war of words with his rival Max Verstappen (right)
Verstappen said Hamilton only achieved success with his Mercedes car
Hamilton said at the Silverstone 2020 Silver Arrows machine launch on Friday that “I find it funny. I've always been known for giving my speech on the track, so I tend to see this as a sign of weakness.
"At this time of year you don't feel any pressure. You are focused, but you are enjoying the moment.
Hamilton's £ 40m deal with Mercedes expires at year-end, but after Ferrari moved away from a move for him this week, Hamilton was positive about signing a new deal .
Hamilton said 22-year-old's comments were "funny" and "a sign of weakness"
"It is a real privilege to want to stay and be part of a great team," he said.
"It is a great feeling and I hope I can continue to contribute to the success of the team.
"Every year, I try to improve myself, take a step forward, refine the game and the mental approach. This is the real challenge. But I have a great team I work with and each year we get more out of it. This is my eighth year driving Mercedes and the buzz is the same.
Hamilton returns to action in the first of two three-day pre-season tests in Barcelona on Wednesday.