‘Didn’t See Lewis Against Max’ – Wolff Responds to Horner’s Claims of Verstappen Being Better Than Hamilton

Published 01/25/2021, 5:40 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with a trophy after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason

Lewis Hamilton’s continued success over the last seven years with Mercedes has paved the way for him to be called one of the greatest ever F1 driver of all time. The seven-time world champion has broken a host of records and is surely the best driver on the grid at the moment, right? Certainly that can’t be up for any debate whatsoever.


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Apparently, it is.

Recently, Red Bull boss Christian Horner said that Max Verstappen is the better driver. Horner seemed to suggest that Hamilton’s success stemmed from the fact that he was driving by far the best car on the grid. Max, on the other hand, drives a car that’s notoriously difficult to master. Yet, has managed to keep up pace with the Silver Arrows more often than not.


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Horner’s comments obviously weren’t easy to digest for Mercedes, and thus, team boss Toto Wolff came to the rescue of his superstar driver. The Austrian dismissed his Red Bull counterpart’s statements as just a bit of banter.

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

He said, “Christian can’t stop with the teasing in the background, but that’s part of the game.”

However, Wolff believes it still too early to claim who is the best driver on the grid.

Mercedes boss wants to reserve his judgement until all the top drivers are in equal machinery

Wolff went on to say, “You can only judge the best drivers on the grid if you let them race each other. We didn’t see Lewis against Max, we didn’t see George against Lewis, we haven’t seen Charles Leclerc in a top car.

“But the future belongs to the young drivers and at some point they will all race against each other with the same equipment and then we will see who is the best.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

F1 fans may not get the chance to witness an equal contest this year. However, there is still some hope for the 2022 season. With the new regulations coming in, everyone involved hopes that the racing would get more competitive. Whether that really happens remains shrouded in doubt. But for now, there can be no qualms over the undisputed star of F1; that title definitely belongs to Hamilton.


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As for Mercedes, irrespective of who’s driving for them, their aim would be to win yet another world title this year.

Will Lewis Hamilton be the man to lead them to their eighth world championship? Hopefully, we’ll find out soon.


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