In what could be considered his best F1 season to date, nine-time Grand Prix winner Verstappen has claimed a podium spot in each of the six races he has completed.
The Dutch driver, however, is unable to understand why Hamilton – who has yet to sign a new deal with Mercedes for next year – would want to leave.
“Why would he [Hamilton] do that? “Said Verstappen ahead of this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.
“He also wants to win the championship, I want to win the championship, you are, of course, trying to be on the right team.
“Right now he’s on the right team to win the championship, but let’s see what happens. ”
Hamilton could tie Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91 Grand Prix wins this weekend with a victory at the Sochi Autodrom on Sunday.
While acknowledging Hamilton’s potential to tie the seven-time champion as “pretty impressive”, he is not concerned about such a feat during the 35-year-old’s run.
“I don’t really think about it. I’m just looking at myself, ”Verstappen insisted.
“I try to win races, I try to win championships. I’m not really too concerned about who is driving the championship and the number of wins or championships.
“It’s nothing I can control. The only thing I can control is myself and I try to work with the team to be more competitive so that they stop winning. ”
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