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Hamilton hoping to exploit Verstappen inexperience

Hamilton hoping to exploit Verstappen inexperience

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Hamilton hoping to exploit Verstappen inexperience

Hamilton hoping to exploit Verstappen inexperience
Ian Parkes & Ewan Gale

Lewis Hamilton is hoping he can exploit Max Verstappen's inexperience in this year's F1 title fight after claiming his rival "won't admit" to feeling the pressure.

Verstappen holds a five-point lead in the F1 drivers' championship with eight races to go heading into this weekend's Russian Grand Prix but the Red Bull driver has never been in such a tense position.

Hamilton, meanwhile, is searching for his eighth world title and is now into double-figures with regard to the number of battles he has been involved with over the years.

Asked if he would be able to exploit the difference in their experience, Hamilton replied: "Time will tell. I hope so.

"It has been an incredibly difficult year. It has not been as smooth sailing in terms of our performance with the car, as a team and everything but yeah, I hope so.

"There has been a lot of learning across the course of the first 11, 12, 13 races we have had. Yeah, I hope we see that moving forwards."

Hamilton 'remembers pressures of first title battle'

Hamilton was on course to narrow the gap in the standings before a poor start in the Italian sprint left him stranded behind the McLarens on the grid for the grand prix at Monza.

With both Hamilton and Verstappen colliding and scoring no points, the fight remains in the balance.

Recalling the pressures of his first title tussle in 2007 that he lost by a point to Kimi Raikkonen, Hamilton said: "I remember what it was like battling for my first championship and now I am fighting my 10th battle or something like that.

"I know the pressure that comes with it and the experiences that go with it, so I can empathise with that. I think what is important is we continue to race hard and fair.

"I have no doubts we can both be professional and learn from the past. Obviously, he won't admit to it [feeling pressure] so I am not going to make an assumption."

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Symanski

Sadly, Max just opts to bash others out of the way. His inexperience is not learning to drive clean in the feeder series where he should have been.

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Sadly, Max just opts to bash others out of the way. His inexperience is not learning to drive clean in the feeder series where he should have been.

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Ever since he emerged in F1 he's been hailed as "a future world champion" which used to mean "get acclimated to F1, pay your dues, and your ride will be there" (like a George Russell) but since Max is in the Red Bull system under Whiny Spice and Dr. Marko Moreau, the same people who created an obnoxious young Vettel, he's kind of cut in line right to that status, and been all but encouraged by all forces in the sport to ram his way to the front. Even Leclerc chilled out from his craziness after his anointing at Ferrari but Max hasn't learned "full race chill". Whenever he gets in a tight battle, he reverts to Panic Max and there's contact.

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sleepyhedd

Well done mate -- you made me register to GP Fans just to downvote this batshit comment. You on the payroll?

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