Hamilton Dismisses ‘Childish’ Mind Games With Title Rival Verstappen

Published 05/24/2021, 12:15 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 6, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix REUTERS/Albert Gea


The streets of Monaco saw two different outcomes for this year’s primary title contenders. While Red Bull and Max Verstappen had a weekend to remember, Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton had one to forget.

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While Verstappen won the Monaco Grand Prix, Hamilton came home in seventh place. To make matters worse, his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, was forced to retire after a mistake made in the pits, which ruined Mercedes’ chances of taking a podium in the Principality.

With Verstappen taking a four-point lead in the championship, the Dutchman had a few words for the Briton. However, Lewis responded to his championship rival with fewer words than before.

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Lewis Hamilton “couldn’t care less” about Verstappen’s post-race comments

With Red Bull putting in a strong showing in Monaco, Mercedes relinquished their lead in both championships this Sunday. And while their battle on track is heating up, it seems their lead drivers have begun a verbal battle of their own.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Race winner Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference with second placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Before the weekend started, Hamilton made a comment on Verstappen implying he had something to prove. However, after the win, Verstappen responded in the post-race press conference with a simple statement: “Actions speak louder than words.”

When asked for a response to Verstappen, Hamilton had a simple answer of his own. “I couldn’t care less. They did a great job this weekend and that’s that,” said Hamilton.

The Briton also gave his opinion on a potential verbal battle with Verstappen. “It’s childish in the end when you start getting into a war of words,” said the Briton.

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Hamilton: We’ve had some good races also

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Although he trails Verstappen by just four points, Hamilton has three race wins this season. He highlighted that while Red Bull had a great weekend in Monaco, Mercedes has also had great races this season.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

The 36-year-old said, “We’ve had some good races also. There are 17 races to go. I’m not going to [say more].”

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With the championship battle now headed to Baku, the rivalry between Hamilton and Verstappen might have an extra dimension. Although they have an age gap of 13 years, is a verbal battle the next phase of their rivalry?

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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