Lewis Hamilton reveals how he avoided Max Verstappen collision and why Red Bull is Monaco GP favorite – fr

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Lewis Hamilton reveals how he avoided Max Verstappen collision and why Red Bull is Monaco GP favorite – fr


Lewis Hamilton believes he has done “well” to avoid a collision with Max Verstappen so far this season, saying his young title rival “feels he has a lot to prove” in wheel-to-wheel battles on track .

Speaking ahead of the Monaco GP, the centerpiece of Formula 1, Hamilton also installed Verstappen as this weekend’s big favorite, as he said even Mercedes’ ‘magic’ might not be enough to match Red Bull.

Hamilton currently leads Verstappen by 14 points in the 2021 Championship and their extremely close rivalry has bubbled up, with the pair shaped wheel-to-wheel in each of the four races so far.

These duels have yet to lead to meaningful contact with the car – although Hamilton notably withdrew from the moves against a Verstappen mid-race at Imola, where the Red Bull driver won, and the final race at Barcelona, ​​where Hamilton eventually chased his rival for the win.

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Max Verstappen outclasses Lewis Hamilton at the first corner to take the lead in the Spanish GP.

Max Verstappen outclasses Lewis Hamilton at the first corner to take the lead in the Spanish GP.

And the seven-time world champion believes there could be a rapprochement sooner or later.

“I think I have done well to avoid all the incidents so far,” said Hamilton. “We have 19 more [races] go and we could connect. But I hope not. The good thing is that I think there is a nice balance of respect between us. “

Hamilton went on to point out a difference in ‘mentality’ between the duo, one of which is the most successful F1 driver of all time and the other a rising superstar, desperate to end the dominance of Mercedes and Hamilton. .

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“I think he thinks maybe he has a lot to prove,” said Hamilton. “I’m not necessarily in the same boat there.

“And I’m more long term… it’s a marathon, not a sprint, a mentality. This is ultimately why I have the statistics I have.

“So I’m going to continue with that, and I’ll do anything to make sure we don’t connect.” “

Verstappen, however, disputed this view.

“No, I have nothing to prove,” said the Dutchman later at the press conference. “Avoid contact, I think it goes both ways, so we did well, it’s true.

“We’re running hard, we’ve avoided contact on both sides so hopefully we can keep doing that, stay on track and run hard against each other. “

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Lewis Hamilton believes the Mercedes will be the opposite of Red Bull for the Monaco GP.

Lewis Hamilton believes the Mercedes will be the opposite of Red Bull for the Monaco GP.

Hamilton: Mercedes is the underdog of Monaco

F1 is back in the famous narrow streets of Monte Carlo this weekend after an absence due to coronavirus last season, and Hamilton described the circuit, where he won three times and surpassed Verstappen in 2019, as the ‘most tough “F1,” an incredible place “and an” incredible roller coaster ride “.

Crashes can be difficult to avoid – but Hamilton is more concerned with how Mercedes will get ahead of Red Bull on a circuit where they often shine.

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Karun Chandhok, takes us around a lap of the historic Monaco GP with Lewis Hamilton’s 2019 pole lap for Mercedes.

Karun Chandhok, takes us around a lap of the historic Monaco GP with Lewis Hamilton’s 2019 pole lap for Mercedes.

Hamilton and Mercedes won back-to-back races in 2021, but even before Red Bull were real contenders for the Hybrid Era title, they were still more competitive in the tight, twisty Monaco than on most circuits.

With Red Bull now a match for Mercedes at all Grands Prix, Hamilton thinks they might be too quick this weekend.

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“Obviously we have a big battle with the Red Bulls,” Hamilton told Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz. “They are going to be very, very, very hard to beat this weekend because their car is often well suited to these shorter circuits.

“In the past it was because they weren’t necessarily fast in a straight line, but here they always have a bit of extra downforce, a bit more of a nimble car given that it’s more smaller than ours. But it’s gonna be fun. “

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Simon Lazenby and Martin Brundle are preparing for the Monaco GP this weekend.

Simon Lazenby and Martin Brundle are preparing for the Monaco GP this weekend.

When asked if he thought Mercedes were the ‘underdogs’ Hamilton added:’ I think every weekend we come up and of course even I was wrong … like in other places it is. is still close, but I think we upgraded them.

“But I think this weekend it might be like no magic we do can match the pace they have!” But maybe I’m wrong. “

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